Environmental education,introduced as a compulsory subject in adherence to a Supreme Court order,will henceforth carry 50 marks for Class XII. From the academic year 2013-14,marks will replace the grade system taking the overall marks for Class XII to 650 from 600. Assessment,however,will be still continue to be done internally by schools.
There would be no separate written examination for 50 marks allotted for environmental education. Students would be judged on the basis of their projects,environmental studies and related activities by schools. The marks scored by students would be conveyed to the State board,and it would appear on their mark-sheets, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) Sarjerao Jadhav said.
The Supreme Court had in 2004,in response to a PIL by environmentalist and lawyer MC Mehta,directed the Central and state governments to introduce it as a compulsory subject in all schools and junior colleges across the country.
Colleges used to award grades assessing their performance in the subject,and the grades were mentioned in marksheets. The students were judged for project works that carried 40 marks and a theory paper of 60 marks. The marks were translated into grades.