With an aim to increase the participation of students on Republic Day, the Maharashtra government has said that the students of class 10 and 12 students of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) who participate in parades and other such activities on Republic Day will get an extra 10 marks.
“The state government’s order has been given to all schools in Maharashtra,” a senior official at the MSBSHSE, Mumbai Division told The Asian Age newspaper. According to the government resolution (GR), the move is to increase participation of students in National Cadet Corps (NCC) and Scout Guide events. Such students will get 10-20 marks additional for participation.
The board will be awarding bonus marks to the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher School Certificate (HSC) through this scheme. Also, medal winners and those participating in the International Youth Exchange programmes will be granted 15 and 20 marks, respectively.
Meanwhile, like earlier, students participating in national and international sporting events will continue to get 25 marks.
Talking about the divyang stickers, the official said, “As per the Rights of Person with Disabilities Act, 2016, education institutes are obliged to give concession to the students with special needs. MSBSHSE has a special marking scheme for 'Divyang' students. However, while assessing papers, teachers fail to differentiate between answer papers. Papers with these stickers will be assessed and evaluated separately, considering the concessions as per the aforesaid right.”
The divyang students will be provided stickers during the board exams this year in order to make the assessment process easy.