The Higher and Technical Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Monday assured to resolve issue of negative marking of ITI students within four days positively. “The issue of those ITI students who have been affected by negative marking system and whose 10 grace mark issue is pending will be resolved positively within four days. I will meet Union Labour Minister and discuss the issue. Efforts will be made to hammer out the problem,” asserted Tawde while replying to a Call Attention Motion raised in Vidhan Parishad (Council).
Raising the Call Attention Motion in Council, Ramhari Rupanwar, Sharad Ranpise and other members said the negative marking system adopted by educational institutions without prior notice has affected lakhs of ITI students in the State. The students have been victims of injustice, said the members. Replying on the issue, Tawde said that the first session exam of ITI in January-February 2014 was conducted on OMR-based system. The valuation of these OMR answer papers was done through DGET in New Delhi. During this exam, the negative marking system was not enforced. At that time, students were given 10 grace marks, said the Minister.
After enforcing of negative marking system the decision was widely publicized. The students of all colleges were apprised of the decision through principals and teachers, clarified Tawde and added that the powers to make changes in exam system lied only with Union Labour Ministry. This matter does not come under State Government authority. Therefore the changing of negative marking system pattern and giving 10 grace marks will be taken up within four days with Union Labour Minister and after a discussion, the matter will be resolved positively, said Tawde.