In what may offer relief to hundreds of class 10 students, the state government is reconsidering the rule that that requires students to score at least 40% in science to choose the science stream in junior colleges.
School education minister Rajendra Darda is relooking at this rule laid down by the Maharashtra Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. The board authorities met with the minister to consider scrapping the rule altogether. The final decision is pending will be announced in 2-3 days.
“The decision is expected soon but it’s leaning towards scrapping the rule,’’ said a senior official. He added that the rule was found unnecessary because a student, in any case, needs to secure 25% minimum marks to pass the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam.
If the rule is scrapped, then any student, who has passed the SSC exam and meets other criteria, will get a chance to apply for the science stream. “Even then, we advise students to ensure that they choose a stream conscious of their potential,’’ the official added.