The results of the secondary school final exams (SSC) were announced on Friday afternoon by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). While students were still struggling to access individual results until late in the evening, they are now more concerned about what comes next.
Given the stress of the joint entrance test (CET) planned on or before August 21, students as well as schools and universities are waiting for an official communication from the government to clarify any doubts.
“In the last few weeks we have been preparing intensively for the advanced training. But both the exam paper and the curriculum are so new to us that we are unsure which chapters to focus on and which topics to exclude. Last year has been a roller coaster ride with lots of ups and downs and this journey still doesn’t end with our results, ”said 16-year-old Riddhi Parikh, who scored 94.2%.
In the last week of June, almost a month after Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announced that admission to junior college courses of the first year would be based on CET, a government decision (GR) was released.
According to the GR, an optional continuing education exam based solely on the SSC curriculum and consisting of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) for 100 points will be conducted. This exam is open to all first year Junior College (FYJC) applicants. Those who do not want to opt for the physical entrance examination will be graded independently of the education committee according to their performance in the internal performance evaluation of class 10.
“Students appearing for the optional CET exam will be given first priority for admission to the FYJC. After these admissions are completed, the remaining vacancies in the junior colleges will be allocated to students who do not show up for the entrance exam, ”said Varsha Gaikwad, Minister of Education for the state schools.
The decision to take a CET exam for FYJC candidates was made in order to achieve consistency and comparability in class admissions, Gaikwad added. Earlier this year, all school education authorities, including the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council of Indian Secondary Certificate Examinations (CISCE), decided to scrap their grade 10 exams due to increasing Covid-19 cases. Instead, the boards decided to grade these students based on their internal examination performance for the current year and their performance in the previous academic year.
However, many are still unsure whether the continuing education exam, based on the curriculum of a single educational committee, will suit all students. “Whenever admission is based on anything other than grade 10 grades, chaos has followed. The CET exam may be a great way to assess a student, but it is unfair to students from other school education authorities who now need to learn a new curriculum in order to do well on the exam. After the debacle of the State Council’s announcement of the results, will they be ready to take a CET exam for many students within the next five weeks? ”Asked the director of a college in South Mumbai on condition of anonymity.
The city junior colleges are also currently busy updating the internal grades of grade 12 students. “We don’t have time to think about admitting Grade 11 with all the work that goes into making Grade 12 results public. The teachers are on duty almost every day to make sure the results are announced soon, ”said Marie Fernandes, principal of St. Andrew’s College in Bandra. She added that so far neither the assistant principal’s office nor the state board have reached out to a college for information about admission to FYJC courses.
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