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International schools worried over junior college admissions

International schools have expressed concern that their Class 10 students may not be able to apply to junior colleges, when admissions begin later this month.

mumbai Updated: Jun 02, 2010 01:30 IST
Bhavya Dore

International schools have expressed concern that their Class 10 students may not be able to apply to junior colleges, when admissions begin later this month.

The state education department has proposed that students completing Class 10 from international schools will be given admission to junior college only on the basis of actual marks and not projected, as it was so far.

International schools, which held their exams in May, declare results in August.

State board results are declared in June and admissions to colleges are completed by July. This poses a problem for some international school students as they have to seek admission to junior college on provisional marks, which may not be allowed this year.

“The government will take a decision on the proposal in two or three days,” said a education department official.

Some schools have worked around the problem.

“When we started the IGCSE we knew this problem might arise. We chose to have our students sit for exams in November so their results come by January,” said Kusum Kanwar, head of school operations, Billabong schools.

However, most students aren’t worried, as a majority of them choose to remain in international schools till Class 12. “There is no point in going back to the Indian system after learning in the international system,” said Devika Chandani, student of Podar International School.

Several attempts have been made to synchronise the international boards’ calendar and curriculums with mainstream education in India.

Last month, National Law Institute University in Bhopal confirmed that students completing their A-levels from the Cambridge-based IGCSE board would be eligible to sit for the Common Law Admission Test, which was introduced in 2008 for admissions to the national law universities.

Cambridge students can sit for medical and engineering entrance tests.