Rules for students taking admissions for classes 10 and 12 externally, through private learning, will become stringent.
“A government resolution to be issued in the next two days will see an increase in the age limit for students who want to appear for the state board class 10 [SSC] and class 12 [HSC] examinations through private means,” said state education minister Rajendra Darda who issued the orders on Tuesday.
“It has been increased from 14 years to a minimum of 16 years for SSC and from 16 years to 18 years for the HSC as on July 31 for that academic year.”
The GR has been issued to encourage students to go to school, indirectly discourage the private tuitions cartel and reduce school dropout rates.
The order also makes it compulsory for an SSC student to have attended classes 5 to 8 through either night schools or external coaching centres run by the state government, irrespective of whether they pass or fail.
Similarly a student appearing for class 12 privately will need to have attended classes 9 and 11.
The GR says that candidates appearing for SSC or HSC exams privately need to apply after a year’s gap of having quit regular school classes. Usually students who take up private learning try to evade regular schooling altogether. The previous rule that allowed a student to register for SSC exams after dropping out of school in class 8 — as many of them had attained the required age of 14 years — now makes it compulsory for them to take a year’s break, take up class 9 externally and then apply for class 10.