Although the Maharashtra board will hold a re-test in July for the first time for candidates who failed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams this year, these students will have a hard time securing admissions to First Year Junior College (FYJC) courses. Academicians said there will not be sufficient seats left by August, when the results of the re-test are to be announced, to accommodate these students.
Over 3.27 lakh students passed the exam from Mumbai division, including Thane and Raigad, this year, while 52,790 students failed. In contrast, only 2.88 lakh seats are available for FYJC admissions this year -- far less than the number of students who will apply for them.
Education minister Vinod Tawde had decided to hold the re-test in July this year, instead of September-October, to prevent students from losing a year of study. “The exam will be held in the second week of July and results will be declared by August 20 so that they can start their next academic year from September 1,” Tawde said. “It will help them save a year and progress academically.”
However, these students will only be able to apply for the online process in August once their results are declared, by which time online and offline admissions to city colleges will have drawn to a close.
“The last online merit list will be announced on July 6,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew’s College, Bandra. “The admissions will then go offline for the open category but even those will be over by July-end. So the students giving the repeater exams will not be able to apply in time.”
While some argued that students appearing for the re-test usually seek admission in industrial training institutes (ITIs) and not mainstream colleges, officials from these institutes said their admissions too would be completed by then.
“ITIs get a lot of applications from students who have passed the September-October exams of the SSC in the previous year,” said a senior official from the technical education directorate. “Their seats will be filled up by the time the results of the July re-test are announced.”
Education officials remained positive saying that they might have to approve additional seats in colleges, but there will be enough seats for everyone.