One day after the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) publishes a circular announcing the date and curriculum for the upcoming Common Admission Test (CET) for admission to Junior College (FYJC) courses in the first year has, students from other school education bodies are a concerned bunch.
Both parents and ICSE school groups have reached out to State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, who said the CET exam was unfair to students from bodies other than the Maharashtra State Committee.
“We understand that the CET exam is based on the State Board’s Grade 10 curriculum and that English, math, science, and social science are given equal weighting. However, the ICSE gives students the option of math and science in grades 9 and 10, how do our students prepare for this exam? ” explained a letter addressed to Minister Varsha Gaikwad from the Association of ICSE Schools in Maharashtra.
This year, grade 10 exams in several HSC school education boards will be canceled due to rising Covid-19 cases. The results for grade 10 were instead based on the performance of students in grades 9 and 10 combined. While the other boards are not yet due to announce results, MSBSHSE released SSC results on Friday, July 16.
According to the circular published by the State Board on Monday, there will be an optional CET exam based solely on the SSC curriculum and consisting of multiple choice questions (MCQs) for 100 points. This two-hour work will be conducted in physical mode on August 21 from 11am to 1pm, and registrations for this exam will begin today.
Last month ICSE Grade 10 students also turned to the Bombay High Court for help on the matter. The student petition points to the “bias” towards students from other bodies and the additional stress for students that this entails. This matter is due to be heard for the second time on July 22nd and parents and ICSE schools are hoping for relief.
Similarly, members of the International Schools Association (MISA) have reached out to Gaikwad to clarify whether the grade 10 exam results of International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) students at the time of admission to FYJC places instead of the CET results can be taken into account.
“In contrast to other 10th grade students, our children came to their 10th grade exams in physical mode, despite increasing fear of Covid. Therefore, these students should be allowed to apply for admission based on their exam results, ”MISA said in a letter to Gaikwad. They also looked for clarity as to whether IGCSE students attending CET will have a choice at admission to choose between their board score and CET score, whichever is higher.
“This is a question of the lives of so many students, it would be unfair not to give them a level playing field. We asked the Minister of Education to hold a meeting with all stakeholders to better understand the problem, ”said Anubha Sahai. President of the India Wide Parent Association (IWPA). However, Minister Varsha Gaikwad was not available for comments.
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