While schools are shocked by the state government’s decision to not consider internal exams scores of students from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for junior college admissions, the state is saying their stand has been clear right from the start.
On Friday, the department confirmed that only those who opted for the board exam would be able to apply to state junior colleges. This was the first year that CBSE offered students the option of an school final exam or a board exam.
“We were confident that these kids would be taken care of,” said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School in Santacruz. “We are surprised by their turnaround.” However, in a circular issued by the CBSE last year, students were advised to opt for the board exam if they want another board after Class 10. Last week the board’s chairperson Vineet Joshi visited Mumbai to explain the new system to the education department.
Education department officials allege they never promised to accept applications from school exam takers. “How can one board have two exams?” asked a department official.