For nearly 3.5 lakh students in the city, D-day arrives on Thursday when the SSC results will be declared. But their anxiety will be carried forward to Friday, the day of the Bombay High Court will hear the case against the Best-Five subjects policy for SSC students.
“Students and parents are anxiously awaiting their results and the court’s verdict on Friday,” said Father Francis Swamy, principal of Holy Family School in Andheri. The results (marks of all six subjects) will be declared online, with a percentage calculated on the basis of the student’s performance in their five best subjects.
“With the results going online the euphoria around the declaration has subsided. Finding out the results isn’t the social affair that it used to be,” added Swamy. The SSC Board will not declare a merit list. The marksheets are likely to be available in schools a week later.
Last week, while a petition filed by parents of ICSE students challenging the Best-Five policy, the HC had directed the state government not to proceed with the online admissions process for junior colleges without its permission.
“Parents and students are less worried about the results, because you can’t change anything about that now, but all of them are asking about the online admission process,” said Rohit Bhat, chairperson of Children’s Academy at Kandivli. “We have not yet received any notification from the department so we are also waiting.”
“We will have to face whatever comes tomorrow and then the day after,” said Sanjeevani Vichare, parent of a SSC student. “The admissions process to junior college shouldn’t get delayed.”
On Wednesday, St Xavier’s Boys’ Academy student, Harsh Aladia, read a book to allay his nerves. “The last two years the court struck down both the 90:10 and percentile systems that the government had proposed but I hope that this time they let the Best-Five system stay in place,” he said.