Only the board exam marks of Class 10 CBSE students will count if they want to take admission to junior college, and not the alternative school final exam or the term-long school assessments, said an official from the education department.
For the first time, Class 10 CBSE students have the option of appearing for the 2011 board exam or a school-conducted final exam.
“At the moment, the same rules apply for junior college admissions, which is that the marks obtained in the board exam by students will be considered,” said an official from the education department. “We have not heard anything from the CBSE board. If they issue a circular or make any amendments in their system, we will look into it as and when they let us know.”
All CBSE students will get grades instead of marks. This year, the CBSE board had sent marks of students seeking admission to junior colleges to the state board directly.
While the CBSE board has advised students considering leaving the CBSE system to appear for the board exam, school principals were divided on what the new system would mean for students finishing Class 10 in March next year and wishing to apply to junior college.
Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School in Santacruz, pointed put that the marksheet issued by the board will be the same for all students.
The marksheet from the board will be the same for all students, so how will the state board be able to differentiate between who took or did not take the board exam,” she said. “The report card will also only reflect grades, which will have to be converted into marks for those that apply to junior college.”
The CBSE had in an earlier circular stated that a 60% weightage would be given to school assessments and 40% weightage for the board exam or the school exam.
“I am given to understand that for junior college admissions, only the board exams will count,” said Indu Mathur, principal of Apeejay School in Kharghar. “Whatever the system is, I am sure that the board will sort it out and ensure that there is no confusion.”