The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 students, who opted not to take the board exam this year, will not be able to apply to state government junior colleges, the education department confirmed on Friday.
For the first time this year, CBSE students had the option of appearing for either a board exam or a school final exam.
In Maharashtra, a total of 15,969 opted for the board exam and 5,680 students for the school exam.
The education department had been debating over the past week whether students who opted for the school exam would be eligible for admissions to junior college.
“The CBSE board requested us to admit students on the basis of the school exam as well, but we discussed this and decided that it is not possible,” said an official from the education department.
The chairperson of the board, Vineet Joshi, had visited Mumbai last week and made a presentation to officials on the new system of continuous comprehensive evaluation.
The CBSE also confirmed, that they would make available board exam marks of their students to the state education department, as they had done last year.
Students who took the board exam and those who took the school final exams got identical report cards with grades instead of marks.
“How will the board differentiate between who gave the board exam and who gave the school exam? There is no fool-proof way of finding out,” said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School in Santacruz.