The failed Class IX students of Bycullas Antonio Desouza High School and Worlis Sacred Heart High School will be given grace marks, school education minister Rajendra Darda said on Wednesday 9th May, 2012; if some students do not pass even after this, their answer sheets will be re-evaluated by independent examiners. The students could not get the benefit of grace marks because of a circular issued in March. So they failed.
After taking their welfare into consideration, we have decided to defer the implementation of the circular by a year, Darda said Expressing shock at the dismal performance of the two schools, Darda said he had asked senior officials of his department to examine their records. If 50% of Class IX students fail, then all is not well with the school. If the students performance was not satisfactory when they were in Class VIII, then as per the Right to Education Act, the managements of the schools should have imparted them special coaching during the summer vacation. He said he would speak to the heads of leading schools in the metropolis to ensure effective implementation of the act.
On the circular (issued on March 12 this year), additional chief secretary (school education) G. S. Saharia said “the matter could be traced back till March 2007”. On the 10th of that month, the school education department issued a circular, saying that grace marks were to be granted to students who were within striking distance of passing marks. In March 2010, it issued another circular, saying that for passing a subject in Class IX, students would have to secure a minimum of 25% marks in the theory paper. An identical circular was issued for Class XI students in 2011. Saharia said the 2010 and 2011 circulars were very clear about grace marks and minimum passing marks.
They made clear that Class IX and XI students will be eligible for grace marks in maths and science only if they secure a minimum of 25% marks in the theory paper. Marks obtained in theory and practical were to be considered independently for promotion. He said that despite the later circulars being issued, many schools across the state continued following the 2007 circular. For such schools, the school education department issued a circular on March 12, 2012. The new circular is quite clear. Class IX and XI students will be eligible for grace marks only if they secure a minimum of 25% marks in the theory paper, Saharia said. But because there was a delay in issuing it, implementation has been deferred by a year.
School education minister Rajendra Darda has directed his department to defer implementation of a March 12, 2012, circular according to which Class IX and XI students were to be eligible for grace marks in a subject only if they secured a minimum of 25% marks in the theory paper Darda said that it appeared it was because of the March 12 circular that Worlis Sacred Heart High School and Bycullas Antonio Desouza High School did not grant grace marks to 35-50 % of their Class IX students, failing them . If some of the failed students do not pass even after they are given grace marks, their answer sheets will be reevaluated by independent examiners
School Boards Action
The Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE), under which the two schools come, has given its schools in the city 10 days to submit details about Class IX results. Secretary Fr Gregory Lobo said ABE will look into problems and complaints. We need to figure out what is leading to such mass failures.
On Monday 7th May, TOI reported that Sacred Heart and Antonio Desouza had failed many of their Class IX students. The next day, school education minister Rajendra Darda took up the cause of the failed students, promising a re-evaluation of papers. He also called a meeting for Wednesday of senior officials of the education department to look into the matter.
March 10, 2007: Grant grace marks to borderline students.
March 10, 2010: Class IX students will be eligible for grace marks in maths and science only if they secure a minimum of 25% marks in the theory paper.
March 10,2011: Same as March 10, 2010, circular but for Class XI students.
March 12,2012: Repeat of 2010 and 2011 circulars when it was found that some schools were still following the 2007 circular on grace marks.
May 9,2012: Implementation of March 12 circular deferred by a year We have been visiting the school daily,to no avail.The clerk has asked us to meet the principal directly when the next academic year starts.How can the schools authorities take such a major decision about students and not even be answerable to parents.
Courtesy: Times of India