New Delhi, Oct 7: The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has advised the state education boards and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to discontinue the procedure of spiking of marks in Class 10 and Class 12 board exams from 2018.

However, the advisory issued by school education secretary Anil Swarup said, “The practice of awarding grace marks should continue to pass their borderline cases (students who are failing by a few marks)”.

As reported by The Times of India, the Centre has also set up a panel to ensure uniform marking for students appearing for Class 12 board exam in 2018.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and 32 other boards had come to a consensus on scrapping of the moderation policy in a meeting held on April 24 this year. However, the CBSE was asked by the Delhi High Court to not to scrap the policy as it was not advisable to implement the change mid-way.

Spiking is the practice of inflating marks by boards that can bring parity in the pass percentage with respect to the previous year’s statistics.