Pune: It is likely that the excellent performance of students and pass percentage of Maharashtra in SSC examinations will not be replicated next year, as State Council Education and Research Training (SCERT) is mulling to do away with the internal 20 marks that are given to students on the basis of their understanding of concept and overall behaviour, informed an official of higher authority.
Besides this likely change, the new syllabus for Std X has been introduced from this academic year 2018-19, which is likely to further affect the performance of students during next year’s SSC exam. In past couple of years, the State has observed a surge in number of students obtaining extraordinary marks.
This year is no exception with around 63,331 students obtaining marks above 90 per cent while over 1.13 lakh students had received marks between 80-85 per cent or distinction across the State. Last year, 193 students had 100 per cent marks, while this year, the count has reduced to 125 students. It looks unlikely that similar output will be retained next year.
“We have not received any formal communication till now from SCERT. However, discussion whether to continue or stop giving away internal marks to students is underway strongly. Therefore, we can’t confirm about it still,” said Shakuntala Kale, Chairman of Maharashtra Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE).
Experts are of opinion that the decision to exclude internal marks from SSC examination will adversely affect the students results.
With the current system of evaluation, students benefited through the system of internal marks and extra marks for sports, culture and art, which were controlled by the school authorities.
The Principal of Modern High School and Junior College, Satish Gavali, also confirmed that like the evaluation system of Std IX was changed from this year, the board authorities are also planning to do the same for Std X.
“Firstly, the internal marks are given on the basis of the oral exam, which means a student’s ability to speak and express in particular language is examined. If now, the marks won’t be given, then the student will be judged only on his theoretical knowledge and not practical, which is unfair. It will definitely affect the students performance, as till Std VIII, students don’t experience strict evaluation and failure, hence their performance in Std IX goes down. The results of every student will reduce by at least 25-30 per cent,” said Gavali.
“Moreover, it will take at least a year for teachers, students and parents to be counselled and made aware about all the changes in the new syllabus. Unless this happens, the board or SCERT authorities should not consider changing the evaluation process,” said Gavali.
“It is true that maximum marks out of total marks are obtained from internal marks and extra marks awarded to students. And many schools, in order to gain 100 per cent pass percentage, often give away marks leniently to students. This practise needs to be stopped. Teachers should evaluate a student on the basis of quality and not for the sake of maintaining the school’s reputation,” he added.
Even Vasant Kalpande, former chairman of MSBSHSE, has echoed similar views. “In terms of education, it is not a good move. The students will be then evaluated only traditionally. Students get 20 marks for internal examination, which judges their understanding of concept and overall behaviour apart from theory. Those who are good in orals will then lose these marks,” said Kalpande
“It will bring down their results by some marks. This decision will appeal only to those parents and teachers who believe in coaching classes and theoretical knowledge,” he further added.