The Gurukul school has 180 students, and each of them will get two bonus marks in their oral exam in Civics subject if their parents vote. 'As of now, we have decided to provide bonus marks to students in Civics oral exam,' confirmed V N Abhyankar, in-charge of the Gurukul school which falls in the newly carved out Maval Lok Sabha constituency.
Terming it a small beginning, Abhyankar said the school would consider increasing the bonus to 10-15 marks. 'This will be decided soon. The move will surely motivate many parents to come out and vote,' he said. The idea, said Abhyankar, was to create awareness among parents about the importance of their vote. 'Marks are not important. It is just an attempt to drive home the point that casting their vote helps in getting the right candidate to represent us in Parliament. Creating awareness is key to voting,' said Shivraj Pimpude, assistant teacher at the Gurukul. He added that it is generally observed that 50 % of parents don't vote in the elections.