A state government committee will come up with a new formula to equalise marks of all class 10 boards’ students, starting from next year, education officials said on Saturday.
It has suggested that the committee use the ‘Best-5’ formula as a starting point, they said. The committee is to consist of representatives from the government, parent-teacher associations and all boards.
“To make admissions fair, we want a single system for all students,” said Balasaheb Thorat, the outgoing education minister.
Earlier this year, the government had announced the Best-5 formula for junior college admissions, according to which state board students’ averages were to be based on only the best five of their six subjects. The high court struck it down after parents of ICSE students, who also take exams in six subjects, argued it was discriminatory. CBSE students are examined only in five subjects.
The government has been under pressure from state board students to “equalise” their marks because they say the ICSE board marks more leniently. Two years ago, the government announced a percentile formula to assuage state board students but the high court struck that down as well. It then set up a committee, but announced the Best-5 policy before the committee could reach a consensus.