The state school education department has still not decided on the junior college admission procedure for Class 10 Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students who appeared for the school-based exam. This is the second year that board exams were made optional for CBSE Class 10 students.
Last year, the government had initially denied admissions to students who appeared for the school-based exam but later said such students could apply for vacant seats once the online procedure had concluded.
“We have not yet taken a decision on whether students who appeared for the school-based exam can seek admissions to junior colleges,” said JS Saharia, principal secretary, school education department.
Last year, the CBSE board had repeatedly met state government officials to sort out the issue.
“So far we have not got any intimation from the Maharashtra government on their plan of action. We are hoping that students will not be affected. Most of the students who appear for the school-based exam prefer to continue in their own school till Class 12,” said Vineet Joshi, chairman of the board.
Despite the CBSE board’s intention of reducing stress through optional board exams, students from Maharashtra preferred board exams over the school-based exams.
This year, 3,908 students from Mumbai appeared for the board exam while 1,100 students appeared for the school-based exam. Of 21,000 students from across Maharashtra (including Mumbai), 3,108 appeared for the school based exam this year.
Last year, 15,948 students from the state appeared for the board exam and 5,063 opted for the school exam.
After last year’s confusion, students have been cautious this time.
“Since students fear they will not get admissions to junior colleges, they opted for the board exam,” said principal Cherian George, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Powai adding that this year 30% of its students appeared for the school exam as compared to 70% last year.