Bonus marking is unconstitutional says Uttarakhand High-Court
| Education Jagat - 15 May 2017

No more grace/bonus marks will be given to any student of Uttarakhand Board (UK Board). This order is passed by High Court, during a hearing regarding a case related to bonus marks. High-Court claimed that Bonus marking is an unconstitutional practice. Therefore, it has cancelled the bonus marking system from the immediate influence. Students pursuing their graduation from Uttarakhand Board will no more receive any bonus marks. This practice was introduced in 2014 by the Government to encourage Uttarakhand State Board students because the result remained poorer than CBSE & ICSE Board. Students who took admission in Uttarakhand State Board in B.Com, B.Sc and B.A etc in graduation after completion of Intermediate were given 5-10% bonus marks during exams if the percentage remained less than the required marks. In this process, students scoring 55% got 65% due to addition of 10% more of bonus marks. On the basis of the final marks students were enlisted for merit.  
A student fought case in the court against admission criteria which was based on bonus marks in Shahid Durga Malla Rajkiya University, Doiwala. She complained that the due to bonus marking system, students who obtained good marks are deprived of admission due to other students who increase their marks due to bonus marking. Instead of encouraging for studies, bonus marking is helping students in increasing their marks without working hard for it. Seeing the seriousness of the case and the facts, High-Court immediately ordered to ban this system. Therefore, no more bonus marks will be given to Graduation candidates this year onwards . Along with Uttarakhand Board, children of staff & faculty studying in Kumaun University also will be under the same rule.



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