In a first, students affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will soon be graded on activities that promote patriotism and self-sacrifice.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the board issued an order to schools stating that all students will be graded on a five-point grading scale (A-E) on activities such as yoga, martial arts, sports, and the National Cadet Corps.
The students have to compulsorily opt for one of these subjects under the health and physical education category states the report.
"Indigenous sports, yoga and NCC must be encouraged in schools to create a sense of physical fitness, discipline, sportsmanship, patriotism, self-sacrifice and health care," states the CBSE notification, according to Hindustan Times.
The marks for this particular component will be given by the physical education teacher. In the board examinations, 80 per cent marks will be allotted for the written test, the rest of the 20 percent will be based on the school's internal assessment.
The report adds that the 18000 schools affiliated to the CBSE board will have to conduct three periodic written tests. The average of the best two scores from the test will add up to 10 extra marks.
Apart from this students will also scrutinise for the upkeep of notebooks, regular attendance, timely submissions and discipline, all of which will account for an extra 5 marks.
The CBSE statement stated. '"Discipline significantly impacts career shaping and it helps build character. Sincerity, good behaviour and values develop strength and foster unity and co-operation. Therefore, the element of discipline has been introduced."