Thanks to extra marks through sports quota, many students score above 90% in SSC exams
That Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students won a sporting chance at racking up high scores this year was proved when the results of the examinations were declared yesterday. Many candidates scored a perfect 100, thanks to the return of the sports quota marks. Many schools claim that a number of their students have scored above 90%.
SSC students of Bal Mohan Vidya Mandir, Dadar, celebrate their performance. Pic/Suresh Karkera
Following rampant misuse, the practice of awarding 25 marks to those performing well in sports was discontinued in 2011. It was resumed this year after much brainstorming by experts, who felt that the lure of additional marks would encourage more students to take up sports.
While some school principals say the sports quota marks came as “a blessing” for their student, another cautions that the practice of ‘mollycoddling’ them will backfire.
Even the sports quota marks, though, couldn’t stop the overall result percentage from dropping to 89.56% from 91.46% in 2015.
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Keeping one’s chin up
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Vidhi Shah, student of ASP Convent School, Ghansoli 69%
Vidhi won’t let anything come in the way of achieving her dream of becoming a chartered accountant — not even cancer. “I expected more marks. I had studied so much. I want to apply for re-evaluation, but everybody is telling me to focus on my higher studies, instead,” she says. Her father, Mukesh, who does odd jobs in the Vashi market, says despite being asked by the family to take a break from her studies for a year owning to cancer, she was determined not to “waste” an academic year. “A cancerous tumour, in its early stages, was detected in her chest last year. She used to juggle between treatment and studies. Every 15 days, she had to go for blood tests and other procedures, but she never lost her patience.”
Hiren Mistri, student of MMN Duggad High School, Virar, 90.60%
A paperboy from Virar, Hiren has two passions — studying to make it big in life and cricket. “Although I am not a very good player, I love cricket,” he says. Hiren goes to work at 5 am every day and has been saving up for higher studies in engineering. “I want to make something of my life and ensure a better future for my family,” he says.
No surprises here
Swarali Chodnekar, Student of VN Sule Guruji School, Dadar, 99%
The top score is just another feather in Swarali’s hat. She has won 1,187 awards in academics, singing, linguistics, talent hunts and sports like rifle shooting and fencing. An entire wall of her room displays medals, trophies and certificates. Eyeing a score of 100% and a career in cardiology, Swarali had begun preparations right after Std IX. “Halfway through the year, I had finished the entire syllabus,” she says.
Keeping his options open
Sharan Shetty, St Joseph’s School, Vikhroli, 98.20%
He has figured out that biggest bugbear of students: time management. Sharan says he hadn’t expected to score above 90% believes that his ability to finish the papers on time paid off. The Wushu (a martial art) champion wants to pursue mechanical engineering. “If I am not able to get admission to a good engineering college, I will pursue biotechnology,” says Sharan, who also played cricket at the school level.
The ball’s in their court
Chirag Banrega, student of Oxford School, Kandivli 98.20%
Chirag knows as thing or two about finding the right balance between academics and passions. The state-level dodgeball player, who has gained 15 marks extra under the sports quota, says he deals everything with an unmatched passion — whether it’s a game or his studies. His mantra for success: Follow a proper schedule and learn to manage time. Chirag, who wants to pursue computer engineering, is grateful to his school for indulging his “extra-curricular activities”.
1,000+ on scoresheet, 61% on marksheet
Pranav Dhanawade, student of KC Gandhi High School, Kalyan, 61%
Pranav is no stranger to top-notch performances. The schoolboy from Kalyan became the first batsman to score 1,000-plus runs in an innings in any form of cricket — breaking a century-old record — in January this year. But, Pranav says he lost out on a higher score in the SSC exams because he didn’t apply for the sports quota marks. “I thought it is a facility offered only during admissions. I will find ways to correct this.”
Pranav’s father, Prashant Dhanawade, an autorickshaw driver, however, feels that he could have scored over 70% had he not been “busy” with sports right before the exams. Although his focus will not waver from cricket, Pranav, who is part of the under-19 cricket team, finds that a good academic record will allow him to continue to play at different levels.