On May 24th 2017, Delhi high court instructed the CBSE to follow its 'moderation or grace marks policy' to students for difficult questions as per the pattern followed till now. The CBSE can review its decision for the next year later.
On April 25, CBSE scrapped the moderation policy under which grace marks are given to students in exams for difficult questions. In a reply to plea filed by parents and some students, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday instructed the board to follow its 'moderation policy'.
The court said that students who took the exams "ought to have been put to notice" as they have the "right to know" what the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was doing.
Intrestingly, The court explicitly said while the CBSE's decision was "wonderful" as it was attempting to bring uniformity in the evaluation process to address the issue of "spiking" of marks, it "should have been done prospectively and uniformly for everyone across the country".
"It cannot be denied that a change in policy can have drastic consequences. Grave and irreparable financial loss may also enure to the students," the bench said and added that it may also "completely change the course of academic future of students, especially those of Delhi." Court said
What is Moderation Policy?
After the CBSE last month scrapped the moderation policy that allows grace marks for difficult questions in Class 12 examinations, the Delhi High Court has asked the board to continue the policy for the current year, and the board is free to review it next year.