Admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) could get chaotic for students from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) this year as the board will not send their Class 10 marks to schools. Instead, FYJC aspirants will have to go to designated help centres on Wednesday to get their grades converted to marks to be able to apply to junior colleges.
Since 2011, the board has stopped declaring marks and only announces the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for Class 10 exams. However, it had made an exception for Maharashtra as colleges here refused to accept grades for FYJC admissions. The state board marks students in terms of percentages, as required by the local admission process.
This year, the CBSE board has said that the staff at guidance centres, which will be set up in some schools, will have to procure students’ marks from the board. “Students wishing to get their marks will have to go to fixed guidance centres which will convert their grades to marks,” said an official from the CBSE’s Chennai regional office. Maharashtra falls under the Chennai region of the CBSE.
Students and schools are now concerned about the long and tedious process they will have to go through to complete admission procedures. "The CBSE has made the process of finding out marks and percentages too difficult,” said Omkar Joshi, a student of Arya Gurukul School, Kalyan, who wants to switch to the state board in Class 11, having secured a perfect-10 CGPA in the Class 10 exam. “The process of switching boards entails too many formalities, as it is,” he added.
To make matters worse, only two guidance centres have been set up so far for CBSE students. Schools which had been serving as guidance centres in the past for students from outside Maharashtra are worried about the huge number of students who are now likely to flock to the centres. “During admissions, we receive hundreds of students every year from outside Maharashtra who come to get their marks converted,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz. “There are serpentine queues outside the school; the situation will be worst this year if all students approach us.”
Bir said that even the process of procuring marks from the board is time-consuming. “We have to dedicate three counsellors every time to send the requests and co-ordinate with the board,” said Bir.
The new system will also delay the online admission process for CBSE students, who will now be able to fill online option forms only after Wednesday, whereas students who took the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) exams have already begun the process. As of Friday, close to 2,123 students had started filling their online admission forms, said an official from the office of the deputy director for education. Around 10,000 students have cleared the CBSE exams from Mumbai this year.
"If only the state board accepts admissions on the basis of grades and CGPA, the whole admission process will become a lot easier for us, said Sania Gera from Arya Gurukul School, Kalyan, who scored a 9.4 CGPA.
(With inputs from Vinayak Gupta)