More than 400 students from Class 10 and 12, who were eligible for 25 extra marks as sports marks, ended up failing their exams because the sports department did not submit their applications to the board on time.
From this year, the state government had decided to award the extra 25 marks to those students who had represented the nation and the state in sports, and were falling short of passing marks in their board exam.
But the deputy directors of sports did not submit these applications to the state board before March 31, the deadline.
Out of 4,231 applications received by the state board, only 935 students got the marks.
While close to 500 students were not given the marks because they did not fail the exam, the other students who desperately needed these marks to pass, missed out because of late applications.
“Around 400 students lost out on their well-deserved sports marks because of the mistake of the deputy director of sports,’’ said Rajendra Darda, school education and sports minister.
Laxmikant Pandey, chairperson of Mumbai division of the state board, confirmed that the applications were late. “We received many applications after the deadline from the deputy director of sports office even in Mumbai,’’ he said.
The delay was caused as the director of sports department, Pune, could not verify the applications of students from private associations in time, said a senior official from the school education and sports department.
Students apply for sports marks to the divisional deputy director of sports who verifies the application and submits it to the state board.
But if the student has played the sport through a private association such as the district Kabadi association or basketball association etc, the application is sent by the deputy director to the director of sports office in Pune.
“But sometimes verifying the application from the private association takes time as they do not respond quickly,’’said the official.