The parents of the students studying in higher secondary (10+2) have revived their demand for modification of grading system for this academic year.
Parents suggested that final marks at the time of declaring the results should be higher of the two obtained by the candidate namely internal assessment (20 per cent) plus board performance (80 per cent) or board performance (100 per cent).
One of the parents informed that they had met Education Minister Atanasio Monserratte who had assured them that he will adopt a positive approach towards their grievances. A lady parent also said that they met him for the second time in the last week of January wherein he had assured to do something, but nothing has been done so far.
The upset parents said that there are major flaws in the implementation of the grading system for HSSC and claimed that the circular issued in June 2009 on grading system stressed more on grading pattern than the 20 per cent internal assessment scheme.
The parents also pointed out that the portion of some of the subjects was made available late like Economics portion was given on 14th June 2010, Mathematics on 22nd June 2010, English Language I and Cooperation on 19th June 2010, Accountancy on 21st August 2010 and Hindi Language II on 27th August 2010.
The parents also lamented that the mid-term tests began in the month of July itself, when syllabus for few subjects was not made available for the students.
The parents have also been upset with the board’s decision to prepone HSSC exams. One of the parents informed that the board decided to prepone the exams because some of the parents approached them as these were the parents whose children were answering the IIT entrance exam who wanted more time for preparation.
Clarifying over the issue, the board claimed that it has been done because of the Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET).
This year around 13,765 students will be answering the HSSC exam to be held from 7th to 28th March at 13 centres across the state. 4,747 will answer from commerce stream, 3,052 from Arts, 3,379 from Science and 2,587 from Vocational stream.