CBSE asks schools to reimburse students for stream change
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools to reimburse students for the new books they will have to buy after they are asked to change streams following calculation of the Grade Point Average (GPA).delhi Updated: May 14, 2012 01:40 IST
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools to reimburse students for the new books they will have to buy after they are asked to change streams following calculation of the Grade Point Average (GPA).
Students with a higher GPA after Class X are put into the stream of their choice but not those with a lower one.
The CBSE had received complaints that students were made to change streams after scoring a low GPA. It then came out with a directive, instructing schools to provide special coaching classes to make up for the lost classes and reimburse the child for the books purchased for the new stream.
"The students lose two months of study time and waste money on books of the particular stream. Schools have to make good the loss of classes by giving special coaching and reimbursing the students on the basis of bills produced," said MC Sharma, controller of examinations, CBSE.
CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said, "A student had moved the court against the school for wrongly calculating his Grade Point Average (GPA) and not assigning him the preferred stream. As far as possible, schools and the children should know what stream they fit into because the GPA system gives them a fair idea."
But schools have voiced their disagreement and said allotment of streams was a prerogative of the schools.
"Stream allotment depends on the school's policy. When children move around from one course to another, we provide extra classes. But students need to seek library reference material till the stream has been finalised and not buy books. In the meantime, we ask them to only buy English books so that they don't unnecessarily buy other subject books," said Usha Ram, principal, Laxman Public School.
Schools said assigning streams was based on the GPA system and the number of vacant seats.
"The movement from class 10 to 11 was seamless earlier. Now with re-registration in Class 11, the school is first obliged to safeguard its own children first. Then the numbers of seats also need to be looked into. If there are 75 students opting for commerce which has only 45 seats, we can't accommodate all," said Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales School (Pusa Road).