Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has called for cancelling bonus points awarded to students based on certificates for swimming produced by them during admission to Plus One (higher secondary).
Reni Antony, a member of the commission, also instructed the Director and Secretary of the General Education Department to stop awarding bonus points as consideration for students studying at the same school.
The commission opined that the tradition of awarding bonus points during Plus One admission must be put to a stop as the students are already being given grace marks along with their SSLC marks. Grace marks are usually awarded for showing excellence and participation in arts, sports, science, mathematics, workshops, NCC, SPC, Bharat Scouts and Guides, and Little Kites. The commission also instructed that this year's admission to higher secondary classes should be according to the recommendations of the commission and demanded modifying the prospectus.
Students who produce the certificate for swimming are expected to get 2 bonus points during the admission to class 11. Due to this, the swimming pools under SAI and various other bodies are witnessing a rush of students and parents to obtain the certificate.
In an unfortunate incident, a Plus One aspirant and his father lost their lives in Kannur while the former was learning swimming, reportedly to grab the bonus marks.