No-Moderation Alert From ICSE, ISC Board For ’18


Kolkata: ICSE and ISC students may have to brace for life without “moderation” from the next academic session itself.

According to TOI report ‘The Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)’ has advised principals of affiliated schools in the city to spread the word among teachers and students. All central and state boards are likely to meet to frame a policy on this vexed issue after the Delhi high court gives its verdict.

“Moderation” of marks refers to a standard practice of increasing marks, primarily to “lift” students above the pass percentage. But this has a cascading effect on most other students as evaluators often increase marks correspondingly for high scorers as well, mainly “for the purpose of fairness”. This practice, say most educationists, has led to a situation where a disproportionately large number of students score more than 95% at the upper end of the spectrum.

“We have been told to wait for a final decision but we know which way the ball is rolling,” the principal of a top city school told. “The ministry of human resources development has already made its stand clear that it is not in favour of continuing the moderation policy. Colleges and universities do not get accurate information of a student’s capability because of this moderation policy,” she added.