Nearly 32 per cent of 8.57 lakh students of Class 10 in the state have been given mass promotion this year, with around 2.75 lakh students being given over and above the usual grace marks of 5 awarded every year by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB).
Confirming this, GSHSEB chairman A J Shah told that “Since students were to be mass promoted in Class 10, around 32 per cent of total students come under this category.”
This percentage is despite the fact that no board exams were conducted and the mass promotion is considered above 5 grace marks, which the board is authorised to award to each student. Despite these, over 2.75 lakh students have been promoted in Class 10 under the state government’s decision of mass promotion.
Sources also revealed that the state education board is analysing the result to understand how “fairly” schools have evaluated their students since it was on the basis of internal unit tests of Class 9 and 10 conducted by the schools.
The manipulation of marks by the schools is suspected from the high number of students being awarded the highest of A1 grade in the Class 10 results declared by GSHSEB on June 29.
“Since there was no check on the internal unit tests of Class 9 and 10 as well as grace marks to be awarded to a student to promote them under the mass promotion, it is suspected that schools have blatantly awarded marks to their students,” said a senior official of GSHSEB.