While Class 10 and 12 students will be able to avail 25 extra marks given for excelling in sports this year, next year's batch won't be that lucky.
The state education and sports departments have jointly taken a decision that starting from the next academic year, grace marks will be awarded under the sports quota only to students who are on the brink of failing.
Currently, students are eligible for grace marks under the sports quota for participating in district, state and national tournaments irrespective of whether they have won or lost.
However, the scheme will still be applicable in the current academic year. "Only borderline cases who are in need of some extra marks to pass will be given the 25 marks," said state education minister Rajendra Darda. "This will only help them to go to the next class. The other sportspersons will not be able to get the benefit of these extra marks."
The decision was taken after the education department received several complaints of students producing 'bogus' certificates to procure the extra marks. The policy even gave marks to students who could produce certificates of yoga and games like the tug-of-war.
In the past few years, many students have scored 100%, and in some cases even crossed the 100%-mark, in their SSC exams after adding the 25 grace marks. In 2011, 22,566 students from Class 10 took benefit of this policy.
"We can't stop the policy in the middle of an academic year," said Darda. " Hence we will be introducing the changes from 2012-2013. Also, we will ask students to submit the sports certificate before the exams, which will be around March 1 of every year."
Previously, students would produce certificates even after the exams got over.
Although the 25 marks policy will be of no use to students who have passed, sportspersons would be eligible for the sports category available in colleges, where 3% seats are kept aside for them.