The decision was taken at a high-level meeting. (Representative image) Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided that “grace marks” given to Class 12 students to help clear an exam will be mentioned on mark sheets, an Indian daily reported.
Grace marks are extra marks given in cases where a student’s score narrowly misses the passing mark.
CBSE has also decided to do away with moderation policy, under which grace marks are given to students in exams for 'difficult questions'.
Under the moderation policy, examinees are awarded up to 15 per cent extra marks in certain papers if the questions are deemed to be difficult.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting and could result in lower cut-offs in university entrances.
“CBSE has decided it will not spike marks at all. This will be implemented for this year’s board exam itself. It will award grace marks which will also be reflected in the mark sheet and the website will also clearly mention the mechanism used to give grace marks and to what extent,” the Indian daily quoted a senior official as saying.
Officials also said that CBSE has decided to put pressure on other boards to follow.