Students from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are having a hard time applying for admissions to the first year junior college (FYJC).
Only students in Mumbai region, which includes Thane and Navi Mumbai, have received marks for their Class 10 exams, while the rest have received grades, which are not acceptable in the admission process in Maharashtra colleges. The board is yet to assign centres that can convert these grades into marks.
The CBSE had only announced the cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) scored by students in Class 10 exams on May 28. After initially stating they would assign special centres for the conversion, the CBSE then sent marks of students to all city schools. However, students from other cities have apparently not received these marks.
The deputy director of education, Mumbai regional office, has been receiving applications of CBSE students from Aurangabad, Bangalore and other cities.
“Students from other cities are approaching us, saying they have only received grades,” said a senior education official from the directorate.
Adding to their woes, the CBSE has also not assigned any official centres for grade conversion this year.
Every year, the board appoints certain schools as centres, where students can get their grades converted to marks. Officials said if students get their marks converted from their own schools, it could pose a problem later.
“Our colleges have been used to getting the converted marks from known CBSE centres,” said the official. “If suddenly, they see another schools stamp on the mark sheet, they might not accept them.”
Deputy director of education, BD Phadtare, said the department has already written to the board over the problem.
“We had written to the CBSE board to seek information on this recently, but we have still not received any reply,” said Phadtare. “Usually, they provide us with a list of centres before the admission process begins.”
City students are also facing other problems in applying to FYJC. “There is a lot of confusion in applying for FYJC as the CBSE has not made any clear rules about the procedure,” said Omkar Joshi, a student of Aryan Gurukul School, Kalyan. “My parents and I will go to school on Wednesday to get a clear picture of the situation.”
Despite repeated attempts, CBSE officials were unavailable for comment.