Students scoring 100% in the SSC exam hiked to 193 in 2017. The numbers are five times that of the figures last year. The rise is followed by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education for the first time. In CBSE education examinations too show a great improvement in results, especially in central and northern India, followed by western regions.
It gave incentives to students for excelling and participating in art and cultural events at the international, national and state level in addition to score for sports. After three years, sports marks were introduced once again the last year by the education minister, Vinod Tawde. But this year, students are seeking marks for culture and arts, which outnumbers those for sports.
Why are Marks for Extra-curricular Activities Important?
Principals of leading institutes feel that arts and sports marks help student in their overall development, and lead to a greater focus on academics. This is a good reminder for pupils to hone their skills in extra-curricular activities, which is mostly relevant in CBSE schools in Thane and Mumbai. Extra-curricular activities will encourage even the parents to nurture their children’s talents, as quoted by a teacher from a reputed school.
As contrasted to 81,736 students looking for additional marks for culture and art (of which 16,492 belong to the Mumbai division), 3,903 students had a lookout for sports, but only 461 of these are from Mumbai. Many of the students are from the CBSE education institutes and others from state board. Parents feel that not just few batches but every student must benefit from the spiked marks, which should be maintained through the years.
Why are the Grades for Sports not included with Mainstream Marks?
Despite the opportunity being ripe for students, there is a strict need to moderate such policy and relevant applications so as to avoid its misuse. The national boards will also follow this liberal assessment policy. There must be proper balances and checks in place. The CBSE schools in Thane and Mumbai will transfer grades of students who participate in such activities and drawing to their main grades.
For the CBSE and other boards, cent percent score are nothing new. More students get the perfect score as the facilities for sports and academics are nowadays enhanced. Many students scored 100% in 2011 and 2012, when the ‘best-five’ scores were first introduced with additional marks (established in 2006-07). 464 students in 2011 alone got 100% scores while the figured dipped down to 262 in 2012. Due to bogus claims, the policy was scrapped.
Will the Sports, Art and Culture Grading Policy be implemented Soon?
There are aspirations to start with the system again, if the policies are thoroughly implemented without loopholes and if the schools follow strict methods of screening the applications It is unlikely that a decision soon to implement sports, art and culture marks, will be combined with mainstream grades. However, the CBSE schools in Thane and around the country will surely introduce new ways to encourage children to participate in extra-curricular activities, be it for grading reason or not.
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