The state board will declare the SSC results according to its best of five policy only and junior college admissions will take place as per the marks for SSC board students.
State Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat confirmed this a day after 21 parents of ICSE students filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court against the government resolution to implement the best of five system for SSC students seeking college admissions.
The parents argued that the best of five system be implemented even for ICSE students who appear for exams in seven subjects.
“We will reply to the affidavit when we get the notice. But all SSC board students will get their results in the best of five format. Our result software has been designed in such a way that the mark sheet will consist of all subject marks but the percentage will be the average of marks scored in the top five subjects,” Thorat said.
The best of five policy, announced in February, stated that for admission to junior college SSC students’ best five scores out of the total of six subjects would be counted in calculating the average percentage.
The state education department has not yet received the notice, said Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary education.
But, he added, that the issue should be tackled by the respective boards and the government cannot play a role in that.
“Just like the SSC board has taken a decision to follow the best of five system, the other boards are free to declare their results considering a similar format. But it is for them to decide and change their result format for admission,” Kumar said.
An argument that the government will put forth in its affidavit, according to education department sources, is that the best of five policy for college admissions was announced three months back and the petition has been filed only days before the results are to be announced.
Another argument could be that before the government finalised the policy it had asked for suggestions and objections and had held hearings throughout the state. At that time none of the other boards had given any representations against the policy.