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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 18
ANSWERED ON:  17.07.2017
Moderation Policy
DHANANJAY BHIMRAO MAHADIK
SHIVAJI ADHALRAO PATIL
Will the Minister of



HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-


(a) whether the Government proposes to curb the practice of spiking of marks and
to do away with moderation policy with regard to awarding marks and implement a
scientific policy in this regard and if so, the details thereof;
(b) whether the Government has set up an Inter-Board Working Group for the
purpose and if so, the details thereof including the response received from the
State Boards in the matter;
(c) the manner in which it is likely to improve the quality of education in the
country; and
(d) the other steps taken by the Government to bring about uniformity in
evaluation and to improve the quality of education in the country?


ANSWER

MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI PRAKASH JAVADEKAR )

(a) to (d): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO THE PARTS (a) to (d) OF LOK
SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 18 FOR 17.07.2017 ASKED BY
SHRIDHANANJAY MAHADIK AND SHRI ADHALRAO PATIL
SHIVARAJIRAO HON’BLE MP REGARDING “MODERATION POLICY”

(a) to (d): A meeting to review the Policy of Moderation of marks to avoid spiking of marks
was conveyed by the Secretary (School Education and Literacy), in Ministry of Human
Resource Development, on 24th April, 2017 with State Education Secretaries and Chairman
of State Education Boards and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). All State
Boards decided to constitute Inter Board Working Group (IBWG) comprising of Chairman,
Board of Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Telengana, Chhattisgarh, Manipur, ICSE with
Chairman, CBSE as the Convener of the IBWG.
The following decisions in regard to moderation of marks for upward revision/spiking
of marks have been taken unanimously:
(i) All State Boards decided to stop awarding moderation of marks for upward revision
/spiking of marks from the current year except Kerala Board and subject to amendment in
the State regulations, if required. However, Kerala Board conveyed to do away with
moderation from the next year.
(ii) All State Boards decided to continue with the policy of Grace Marks for lower level
performance to improve the pass percentage but the policy should be placed on Board’s
website for transparency. It was also decided to show grace marks distinctly in the Marks
Sheet.
All State Boards placed on record the appreciation for efforts of Government of India
and State Governments to initiate this process of consultation to bring uniformity in
evaluation and improve quality of education in the country.
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