Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Sengottaiyan has promised school students additional marks in their subjects if they plant trees. This is happening for the third time in less than two years. The Education Minister, K Sengottaiyan speaking to the media after a conference in Chennai on Thursday, promised 12 additional marks to students who took part in the green initiative and stated that this system will be introduced from the next academic year.
The Education Minister K Sengottaiyan first mentioned on October 5th, 2017 that discussions were underway regarding additional marks to students who planted and grew trees within their time in a government-run educational institute. The minister said that the initial plan was to have one crore students plant five trees each to reach a target of five crore trees in two years. He further said that the students who achieved this will be given an additional 5% marks to their total score. K Sengottaiyan said that out of 15 marks meant for social activities, if planting trees were included, then the country’s environment will see huge transformation.
The next time he made a statement in May 2018, that the students would be evaluated based on their efforts in growing a tree and would be awarded additional marks. The will help the students to implant a sense of responsibility towards the environment.