Goa Board to retain marks-cum-grades system for X, XII

The executive committee of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to retain the system of showing marks as well as grades in the results of the students appearing for its SSC as well as HSSC examinations,

until all secondary and higher secondary schools in the state fully implement the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system under the Right to Education Act.

The Goa Board Secretary, Mr Bhagirath Shetye speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ on Tuesday said that the decision came in the wake of a letter received from the directorate of technical education requesting the Goa Board to continue with the present system of giving marks as well as grades to the students appearing for both the Board examinations.

It may be recalled that the Goa Board had decided to replace the marks system with the grade system from March/April 2013, for both its examinations.

Speaking further, Mr Shetye said that the marks allotted by the Goa Board to each student appearing for the HSSC examination become important when such students appear for Goa Common Entrance Test/ Joint Entrance Examination, and the merit list for admission to various professional courses is prepared by the DTE by taking into consideration 50 per cent marks of the HSSC examination. "If the Goa Board starts giving only grades to the HSSC students, then during their admission to the professional colleges, a need would arise to convert these grades into marks," he stated.

"And then similar problem would arise during the admission of the students clearing SSC examination to various Polytechnics in the state," the Goa Board Secretary stated.

It was also informed that the Goa Board would henceforth not conduct examination of technical subjects like radio engineering, electrical engineering and so on, as answered by some of the students appearing for the SSC examination. "The examination of these technical subjects would henceforth be conducted by the respective schools, which would then forward the particular marks to the Goa Board for adding them to the mark-sheets of these students," it was told.

The Goa Board secretary further said that there is a rumour floating around the state that the no-detention policy under the RTE Act has been extended to class XI, which is totally baseless. "In fact, the no-detention policy is applicable only till class VIII, and not beyond that," he stressed. [NT]