Goa Board will give only grades to its students from current session 2012-2013 onwards. Students answering the Class X and XII public examinations of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in April 2013 will be allotted only grades on their marksheets for the first time, the board has said in a new circular.
The Goa Board introduced the grading system during the April 2011 public exams, but decided to mark students with grades as well as marks on the marksheets to enable them to understand the system during the first year of the grading system’s implementation. The board continued the system of allotting marks and grades during this year’s exams too after confusion in 2011 over conversion of marks into grades.
In the 2012-13 academic year, the Goa Board will finally put its original plans of marking students only in grades into force.
“The board’s statement of grades cum passing certificate shall contain only grades secured by the candidate (during the academic year 2012-13). However, the marks range equivalent of a grade will be given on the reverse of the certificate,” states the circular of the Goa board issued to all high schools and higher secondary schools under its control.
The grading system in its current form will continue to be in force. A student who has secured ‘A’ grade falls in the marks range of 91 to 100%, one who has secured ‘B’ grade falls in the range of 81 to 90% marks, ‘C’ grade will translate into 71 to 80% marks and so on and so forth.
The new circular also states that if a student wishes to seek admissions to an institute based outside Goa, which needs to know the exact marks scored by the student as part of its admission procedure, then the Goa board will ‘issue transcript of marks directly to the institutions/boards/universities’ to which the student has sought admission.
The new circular of the board also states that whenever there is a revision in syllabus, ‘the repeaters will be given three years to procure qualifying grades, including the year of his/her first attempt at the public examination, in the pre-revised syllabus/text in which the examination was answered at the first attempt. Thereafter, the repeater candidate shall have to answer the uncleared subject/s in the revised syllabus’. Students who have cleared the Class X and XII examinations will be given just one opportunity to improve their grades within two years of passing the exams. The new circular states that the first mid-term test is to be conducted in the first week of August, the first term examination prior to the Diwali vacation and the second term examination during January.
Source : Times of India