With the controversy around the Maharashtra School Education and Sports Department's recent decision to grant extra marks for SSC students who excel in drawing, classical and folk art, stakeholders share their opinion on the issue

ENCOURAGING MOVE

The SSC board's decision to granting students who excel in art extra marks are a good move. Often, even though a child may be inclined towards art, parents do not let him/her explore this passion as the emphasis is on theory subjects. This move will encourage students with an interest in art to pursue it more seriously at the school level. Every board rewards students with different interest areas in various ways and this move by the SSC board is encouraging. I hope other boards too reward students who excel in art.

KAVITA TAKANE, ART TEACHER, ST ANNE'S HIGH SCHOOL, MUMBAI

SKEWED PERCENTAGE

While this move is great for SSC students, it is unfair to students from other boards. Giving them state board students an additional 25 marks skews the final board percentage, leaving their peers from other boards helpless. Hence, all boards together should implement a common rule with regard to extra marks. This ensures fair play.

RAJESH CHADDHA, PARENT OF A CLASS VIII (SSC BOARD) STUDENT, MUMBAI

FAIR PLAY

My son has always been inclined towards making a career in painting. This move will not only encourage him to take up the government art exams but also ace it. I think this is a fair play since IB students are given extra marks for participating in social service related activities. It is reasonable for each board to decide their marking system individually.

RINA DAYAAL, PARENT OF A CLASS X STUDENT, MUMBAI

SELECT BENEFITS

This move is good but unfair since students of all boards may have these skills but may not be part of the benefits of it. Also, not all boards offer art as a subject individually. Hence, while this move may benefit a set group of students, the others will be left out.

PRATIBHA JAIN, CAREER COUNSELLOR, MUMBAI

Compiled by Anisha Sahijwala