Bhubaneswar: In a decision that could shock many students as much as the parents, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), has come up with its decision that marksheets provided to class 12 students will henceforth clearly state the extra marks or grace marks given to them to clear a paper.
Grace marks are usually granted to the students where the students miss the passing mark by a whisker. Though some states have agreed to the proposal, there are many others who apprehend that the mention of grace marks on certificate could be considered a stigma.
CBSE sources have confirmed that the decision will be implemented from this year. ‘’It will award grace marks which will also be reflected in the mark sheet and the website will also clearly mention the mechanism used to give grace marks and to what extent,’’ reported a national daily.
When contact, principals of several CBSE schools in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar refused to comment on it saying that it was an ‘internal’ decision taken by the board for the welfare of the students.
It has also been decided not to include the marks awarded for extracurricular activities (ECA) in the final tally of marks. They would be reflected separately on the marksheet, preferably in the shape of grades, the report further added.