Though the report cards of CBSE Class 10 students carried grades, for those seeking admission to junior colleges, their marks will be directly forwarded to the state education board by their schools.
The education department had previously said, it would only count the CBSE students’ board exam marks and not the year-round evaluations that the CBSE introduced last year.
The report card issued by the board consists of a 60% school assessment component and a 40% exam component (either the board exam or the school exam). “Schools will have their students’ marks, so it will not be a problem for students in Maharashtra to apply to junior college,” said Vineet Joshi, chairperson of the board.
This is the first year that the board exam was made optional for Class 10 students, with 75% of the CBSE students in Maharashtra choosing to take it. One of the reasons for opting for the board exam was to keep the option of junior college open.
Meanwhile, the education department is grappling with a new problem of what to do about students who did not appear for the board exam and took the school exam and would now like to apply for junior college.
“How can we give students admission based on the school exam? We will have to work around this issue,” said an education department official.
At the time of junior college admissions, like last year, the CBSE will designate certain schools as guidance centres from where students (including outstation candidates) will be able to fill in their forms.