There is good news for students playing sports at the district level and above as the Maharashtra government has reintroduced marks for sports in school and board examinations, though with some modifications.
Students will be awarded between 15 and 25 extra marks in exams under the Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and Classes 9 and 12 from 2016, if they have excelled in state-level, national or international competitions.
The scheme has also been extended to students from Classes 1 to 8. They will receive between 25 and 100 marks in their physical education exam for winning divisional, state and national-level competitions.
Since 2011, these marks were being given only as grace marks to students failing in board exams after a 2008 scheme for all students playing sports was changed on the recommendation of the board, following its rampant misuse.
The scheme has now made a comeback on a demand from the sports department, but it has become more stringent than before.
Under the new rules, only students participating in international tournaments and ranking among the top three in national-level tournaments will get 25 marks, a government resolution (GR) issued by the school education and sports department recently stated.
“The scheme has been revived in the larger interest of the students who possess talent in sports,” said Gangadhar Mhamane, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). “The pros and cons of the issue have been considered.”
Students placed in the first three positions in state-level tournaments will receive 20 marks and those merely participating in school-level competitions organised by the sports department will earn 15 marks. These marks will be added to the students’ grand total.
For students failing their exams, marks will be awarded in the subject which they have failed and if some sports marks still remain to their credit, they will be added to the total score.
Participation of students in events organised by the School Games Federation of India and those sponsored by the Sports Authority of India will also be considered for awarding sports marks.
How marks will be given:
* For Classes 9 to 12: Added to grand total
* Students participating in international tournaments and placed among the top three in international or national competitions will get 25 marks.
* Students participating in national tournaments and placed among the top three in national-level competitions will get 20 marks.
* Students participating in state-level competitions will get 15 marks.
For Classes 1 to 8: Marks will be awarded in the physical education paper, which carries a total of 100 marks.
--> 25 marks for winning district-level competitions
--> 50 marks for winning divisional competitions
--> 75 to students winning state-level competitions
--> 100 to students winning national-level competitions
Which sports: Organised between June 1 and February 29:
Any of the 42 sports recognised by the Indian School Sports Mahasangh: athletics, badminton basketball, boxing, cricket, football, gymnastics; sports recognised by the Paralympic Committee of India, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan and All-India Sports Council for the Deaf