Bengaluru: More than 1.74 lakh II PUC science students are confused over the grace marks to be awarded for the mathematics paper, as PU Education Department and lecturers, who are evaluating the answer scripts, are giving different versions.
Immediately after the II PUC mathematics examination, thousands of students launched an online campaign demanding 21 grace marks, claiming that eight questions in the paper were out of syllabus. The state education department formed an expert committee, which clarified in its report that no grace marks should be given as the questions from within the syllabus. But four days after the II PUC final examination valuation work started, many lecturers said that the PU department has directed them to show some leniency while correcting the mathematics paper and give grace marks if students had even attempted the eight controversial questions, which carry 21 marks.
“The students will get marks even if they have just written these question numbers,” a lecturer said. These 8 questions are numbered 3, 13, 16, 20, 34, 33, 45 and 49B.
But PU Department Director Ramegowda said that there is no question of awarding grace marks in any subject. “All the questions were within the syllabus and there is no question of any grace marks,” he said.
Unaided college teachers protest
Hundreds of PU lecturers from unaided colleges of Karnataka held protest in front of KLE college valuation centre in the city on Friday. They allege that they were relieved from valuation related duties just after a day's work. According to them, when government PU college lecturers were on strike, in a short notice they were directed to carry out valuation. But now they have been relieved stating they were not experienced enough.