The state school education department will help Secondary School Certificate (SSC) topper, Sakshi Rajwani, who scored 99.8%, to secure admission to the college of her choice through the management quota.
Despite her high score, Rajwani, a student of Sacred Heart School, Kalyan, was not allotted a seat in the first merit list of the online admissions to the first year of junior college (FYJC) as an error occurred while she was submitting her application form, leaving it blank.
The error threatened to cost her an academic year as the education department refused to allow her to correct the form after the June 22 deadline. However, after reading reports of her plight, education minister Vinod Tawde intervened on Wednesday.
“I instructed the deputy directorate of education to allow her to fill the online registration form. The department will help her secure admission in the management quota,” said Tawde. “The girl should not be left without a seat due to a technical error.”
Sakshi was elated when she received a call from the minister’s office on Wednesday morning, informing her of their decision.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed. We are distressed and there is nothing we can do. It is sad that after scoring so well, I have been put through this,” she said.
According to education officials, the error occurred because her school authorities reset the form while she was submitting it. When a form is reset, the information filled in it is erased. “The site history shows her form was reset from a school log in,” said an official from the department.
Sakshi suspected something was amiss with her application when her name was not shown in the general merit list ranking announced on June 20. The highest score on the list was 99.4%. “I approached the school authorities on June 21, but they did not respond to my complaint,” she said.
The school authorities, however, denied having reset the form. “Once the results are out and the forms are filled, the school has no role to play. Why would we tamper with the form? We are sorry for the student and hope the issue is rectified,” said Albin Antony, the principal of the school.