The state government’s decision on the Best Five subjects policy for admission to junior college has come as a welcome relief to state board schools, parents and students.
“This is good news. It reduces the pressure on students and brings them at par with students of other boards,” said Seema Saini, principal of NL Dalmia School at Mira Road.
Father Francis Swamy, principal of Holy Family School at Andheri said, “Students can focus on the subjects that they enjoy and cultivate the skills that they wish to. It will also mean that students won’t feel compelled to take private tuitions in every subject.”
The policy states, an SSC student’s average percentage for gaining admission to junior college will be calculated on the basis of the five highest scoring subjects out of six. The mark sheet issued after the results will reflect marks of all six subjects. There will be a separate percentage calculated on the basis of the ‘Best Five’ scheme, which will reflect separately on the sheet.
All the concessions which were applicable to students before — including grace marks, extra marks given to sportspersons, allowed to keep terms (ATKT), schemes for students of special needs will remain the same.
Until the resolution came out on Thursday students and schools had been confused as to exactly how the policy would work. Many had assumed that they would only have to appear for exams in five subjects. “The SSC marking system is supposedly stricter than the other boards. This will be a great advantage when we apply to junior colleges,” said Sagar Shah, a class 10 student of St Xavier’s Boys’ Academy, Marine Lines.
Sanjeevani Vichare, parent of an SSC student said, “While we appreciate the decision, if it had come earlier students could have studied accordingly.”