A day after the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) launched a round asserting date and curriculum for the upcoming frequent entrance take a look at (CET) for admissions to first yr junior school (FYJC) programs, college students from different faculty schooling boards are a apprehensive lot.

Parents as effectively ICSE faculty teams have approached the state faculty schooling minister Varsha Gaikwad calling the CET examination unfair to these college students from boards apart from Maharashtra state board.

“We are aware that the CET exam will be conducted based on the state board class 10 curriculum and equal weightage will be given to subjects of English, Maths, Science and Social Sciences. However, in ICSE, students have the option of dropping maths and science in classes 9 and 10 so how do our students prepare for this exam?” acknowledged a letter addressed to minister Varsha Gaikwad by the Association of ICSE colleges in Maharashtra.

This yr, class 10 board exams throughout a number of faculty schooling boards HSC to be scrapped because of rising Covid-19 instances. Results for the category 10 batch was as a substitute based mostly on college students’ efficiency in lessons 9 and 10 mixed. While the opposite boards are but to announce outcomes, MSBSHSE launched SSC outcomes on Friday, July 16.

According to the round launched by the state board on Monday, an non-compulsory CET examination based mostly solely on SSC syllabus and consisting of a number of alternative questions (MCQs) for 100 marks can be performed. This two hour paper can be performed in bodily mode on August 21 from 11am to 1pm and registrations for this examination has began from as we speak.

Last month, a category 10 ICSE college students additionally approached the Bombay excessive courtroom looking for assist on this matter. The pupil’s petition factors out the ‘bias’ towards college students of different boards and the added stress for college students due to this fact. This matter is up for its second listening to on July 22 and oldsters in addition to ICSE colleges are hoping for aid.

Similarly, Members of International Schools Association (MISA) has additionally approached Gaikwad for readability on whether or not class 10 examination scores of scholars from International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) board could be thought of as a substitute of CET scores on the time of admission to FYJC seats.

“Unlike other class 10 students, our children appeared for their class 10 exams in physical mode despite rising fear of Covid. Therefore, these students should be allowed to seek admissions in the basis of their exam score,” stated MISA in a letter addressed to Gaikwad. They’ve additionally sought readability on whether or not IGCSE college students who do seem for the CET may have the selection to decide on between their board rating and CET rating, whichever is increased, on the time of admission.

“This is a matter of lives of so many students, it’ll be unfair to not give them a level playing field. We have requested that the education minister hold a meeting with all stakeholders to understand the issue better,” stated Anubha Sahai, president, India Wide Parent Association (IWPA). Minister Varsha Gaikwad, nonetheless, was unavailable for feedback.

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