After Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in its latest diktat issued to its affiliated schools, restricted the students to change their stream in Class 12 and additional subjects in Class 10, from the current session, parents across tricity seem to be worried.
The board has also restricted the students from changing their school in these classes, leaving both the parents and students anxious.
As per the circular issued by the board on May 15, no student will be allowed to change the stream in Class 12, which he/she opted in Class 11 and moreover, the students will not be allowed to opt an additional subject in Class 12 and Class 10, which they didn't study in Class 11 and Class 9, respectively.
Running from pillar to post to find a solution, the parents are accusing the board of adopting double standards.
"The CBSE on one hand keeps issuing notices to the schools to form committees acting as a stress buster for the students and also have mandated the schools to hire professional counsellors for students, while on the other hand the board itself is putting students under stress. It is a sad situation that the board has not left students with an option of changing schools in these classes," said Amarjit Singh, a resident of Sector 42 Chandigarh.
Rakesh Sachdeva, principal of DAV Model Senior Secondary School and CBSE councillor, while expressing her concern over the issue, said, "Students are very sensitive these days and at times they fail to cope up with the stress in their lives. Such kind of restrictions can really prove disastrous for future of the students. A student, who do not perform well in one subject or stream and wishes to change the same, should be given the freedom to do the same. I believe the policy needs to be reviewed," said Sachdeva.
Meanwhile, HS Mamik, president of Independent School Association that represents majority of the private schools in the city, has claimed to make an appeal to the CBSE on behalf of the students in the city. "It is unfair to the students. CBSE should have given a notice last year before its implementation, as the students would have chosen their streams accordingly. The order should not be implemented from the current year. We will request the CBSE to retract its order as it is not at all in interest of the students," Mamik added.
Commenting on the issue, CBSE regional officer RJ Khanderao said that the schools were never permitted to allow the students to change their streams and thus there was no reason for such hue and cry.
Another officer of CBSE, over the issue, said that the guidelines were not new, but earlier only the chairman of the board could provide relaxation to the students in rarest of the rare case. "The schools with time, on their own, allowed the students to change their streams. But the board has now strictly directed the schools not to do the same. We have received large number of
requests from the parents, but the board has not revoked its order," he added.