Maharashtra board won’t release HSC mark sheets of 299 students who wrote wrong maths paper
Mumbai city news: These students wrote the maths paper in their Class 12 exams, though they had studied the easier version in Class 10Updated: Jun 08, 2017 13:44 IST
Days before the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam results are announced, the Maharashtra state board issued show cause notices to several Mumbai colleges, threatening to hold back the results of 299 students.
The notice said these students had written the mathematics paper in their Class 12 exams, even though they had studied the easier version — general maths — in Class 10.
The notice said these students will get their mark sheets only if write the Class 10 regular maths exam again in July.
General maths, also called easy maths, was introduced by the Maharashtra state board in 2011 as an alternative for students who wanted an easier version of the subject.
The subject teaches basic concepts and applications and avoids tricky ones such as trigonometry.
The state board, however, said students passing the SSC exams with general maths cannot study regular maths in Class 11 and Class 12.
The notice to colleges said the errant students will get their mark sheets only after they appear for the regular maths paper during the re-exams in July.
The board also said those students who do not do this will not get their HSC results unless colleges can come up with a satisfactory explanation.
“The colleges should not have allowed students to opt for these subjects. We
have informed the Pune board about the violation of rules,” said Duttatray Jagtap, divisional director of the state board.
City teachers, however, have appealed to the state board authorities not to hold back the students’ results.
“If the students were breaking rules, the colleges should have stopped them from doing so. Why did colleges allow them to take up these subjects?” said Anil Bornare, a teacher at the Swami Muktananda School in Chembur.
Bornare, who is also a member of the state teachers association, said he also wrote to the board authorities, saying that holding back the results will jeopardise the future of the students.
“The students are not to be blamed in this case, it is not their fault. Action should be taken against the colleges alone,” said Bornare.
Last month, the state government announced the easy math subject will be scrapped for Class 9 students from the upcoming academic session, and thereafter for class 10 as well, as there are few takers for the subject.