In a move that has enraged parents, Mother’s International School, Aurobindo Marg, has asked students who failed in one or more subjects in Class XI final exams to leave the school.
Parents claimed that the school did not want to promote weak students, as it would “affect the school’s overall performance” in the CBSE Class XII exams.
“The principal called parents of at least 25 students on Friday and asked us to take our children out of the school,” said a parent on condition of anonymity.
“I was told that if I was willing to remove my son from the school, they would ensure that he got pass marks and gets admitted in Class XII in Laxman Public School,” said the parent.
The school has also been strict in its marking and kept 40 as the pass mark. “CBSE rules say that students securing 33 marks should be passed. But the school insists on 40 marks. Moreover, the question paper for Maths was so tough that many students have failed,” said the parent, who has also given a representation to the Delhi Directorate of Education.
Another parent said the school wanted only the best students for Class XII.
“We want a second chance for our children. Lots of schools allow students to sit for a compartment exam. But the school said it is against its policy,” said another parent, who did not want to be named fearing that her child would be made to suffer.
“My child has failed in Maths and they said we could opt for some other subject in Class XII. But without Maths, what can a Science or Commerce stream student do?” the parent asked.
Mother’s International principal K. Rajalakshmi insisted the school was doing a good job and helping the students.
“I have not asked anyone to leave. But we have analysed all the cases and advised parents accordingly,” said Rajalakshmi. “For instance, if a child is unable to cope with Maths and secures 16 out of 100, we give him the option of Informatics,” she said.
She added that some students are considered and given grace marks. “Under pressure I will promote some children. But they will be depressed and miserable in Class XII if they are unable to cope with the syllabus,” Rajalakshmi said.
Most public schools in Delhi promote students to Class XII if the student has failed in one subject.
“One has to be child-friendly as far as possible. We consider 33 as the pass percentage. But if a student has failed in three to four subjects then he might be asked to repeat a year,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales, Pusa Road.