DU examiners protest way of moderating results

New Delhi: With unusually high marks obtained by students in Delhi University's semester results sparking off allegations of a 'marks scam', a group of examiners have written to the Controller of Examinations to register their protest over the "unacademic way of moderating results".

The memorandum of protest, submitted to the Controller of Examinations, says the faulty method has "diluted" academic standards and has made a "mockery" of the evaluation process that was undertaken seriously and sincerely by the examiners.

Earlier, teachers of the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies had separately written to the Examination Branch, making plain their displeasure and stating that they did not believe in moderation of marks across the board.

Moderation of marks is a process of reviewing assessments to ensure that grades are awarded consistently and appropriately. However, the teachers say it is rare for moderation to lead to large changes in marks for many students, that has apparently happened this time.

"The results have been moderated to such an extent that they are unrealistic and defy all logic.... we fail to understand the method of moderation adopted this time," the memorandum reads.

It says that the process has raised "serious doubts" in the minds of students and teachers alike about the process.

"We would therefore like to know the reason why the University authorities increased the university scores of the toppers from approximately 73 per cent to 96.6 per cent and 86.6 per cent in the respective papers," they said.

They also pointed out that the quantum-jump in marks attained by students had no bearing to the actual standards observed in the course of the evaluation process.

"We strongly protest against this un-academic way of moderating results that has diluted academic standards and has made a mockery of the evaluation process undertaken seriously and sincerely by us," the letter reads.

Some teachers have alleged the unusually high marks granted to students were aimed at justifying the semester system that was adopted last year across the board despite much protest by the teaching community.

"It is rare for moderation to lead to large changes in marks for many students. When it does happen it is a clear indicator of some serious fault in the teaching or evaluation processes," says Abha Dev Habib, member of DUTA Executive.