Table tennis champion Palak Gupta is among the last batch of Class 10 students to benefit from extra sports marks. Gupta, 15, who scored 100% when the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) results were announced on Wednesday, found herself among the exclusive club of 100% scorers, a boost she got from 25 extra marks for sports.
However, from next year there will be no more 100% scorers. Concerned over the misuse of the sports marks scheme, the state will only grant these as grace marks to those who fail.
“I feel really very lucky to have been a part of the last batch,” said Gupta, a student of Saraswati Education Society High School, Thane who started playing the sport in Class 2.
The state board did not release the number of students who scored 100%, but there were at least five such students in the city. The sports department is still in the process of compiling data of students who applied for 25 marks this year.
“I expected to cross 95% but didn’t expect 100%,” said Sanjana Nene, 15, another Thane student from St John the Baptist School who competed in karate at the state level.
Vardhini Deshmukh, a member of the tennikoit (ring tennis) team took up the sport in Class 8 also scored a 100%.
“I had set myself a goal of 96.5% without sports, and I was expecting to do well,” said Deshmukh, who has joined IIT-ian’s Pace junior science college at Thane.
With excellent Indian Council of Secondary Education and Central Board of Secondary Education school results, cut-offs in the merit lists of coveted junior colleges are likely to be high.
“All these years, the cut-offs have been high and will likely be high this time too,” said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College, Vile Parle. With the junior college admission website scheduled to accept forms from Thursday, the admission process has been speeded up this time. Classes are likely to begin by July 16.
“Last year, the term began on August 2,” said Rajendra Darda, the state's school education minister.