Favour of extra marks to students

In the recent few years, some decisions in the field of education have appeared strange. Some time back it was said that students would be promoted to next classes without exams. This was done after the coronavirus pandemic forced the schools to close down. On the second of September, an identical announcement came from KP. The Committee of the Chairmen of the Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISEs) in KP swung into action. It agreed in principle to do a favour to students. It promised to grant five percent additional marks to students of matriculation and intermediate in four subjects, which were compulsory.

On this issue, only a week ago, all the chairmen of BISEs in KP held a meeting with the provincial Minister of Education Shahram Khan Tarakai. It was said that a favour had already been done to the students. The ordeal of exams had been made easy for them, as they were being tested only in four elective subjects. After this, it was not proper to grant five percent additional marks in four compulsory subjects. At this, the minister directed the Secretary Education, Yahya Akhunzada, to contact the federal government once again and apprise it of the reservations of the BISEs chairmen. No such contact could take place.

Meanwhile, the chairmen of BISEs in KP agreed that when the other provinces were giving additional marks, KP should also do the same. A meeting was being held on the third of September in the BISE Swat, which would formally approve the idea of additional marks. It would release the results of the annual exam 2021 from 10 to 15 September. The results would include the additional five percent marks. These would be put on the Detailed Marks Certificates (DMCs) of the students. When calculated, five additional marks in four subjects come up to a total of 20 marks. This would not only push up the overall pass percentage of students but also enhance the performance of the BISEs.