Class 10 CBSE students who appeared for the school based-exam this year can apply to Class 11 in Indian Secondary Certificate (ISC) schools, according to a circular issued by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).
This is the second year that Class 10 CBSE students could choose between boards and school-based exams. Last year, the CISCE said it would not allow students who took the school-based exam to apply to ISC schools, but retracted its decision in July. This year, they have informed schools well in advance.
All ISC schools received the circular on March 23 a day after the CISCE took the decision. “Next year, we will review the policy again and take a decision,” said Gerry Arathoon, officiating chief executive and secretary, CISCE.
In Mumbai, 3081 students from 41 CBSE schools registered for the board exam while 1,100 students registered for the school-based exam. Mumbai has 16 ISC schools.
“This is a very good move that will benefit students. For us, all students are equal,” said Vineet Joshi, chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). “We are hoping to get more CBSE students as the council has made a decision well in advance this year,” said Seema Buch, principal, Gundecha Academy in Kandivli.