Govt mulls new rules for pass­ing Class 10, 12

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Puja Pednekar puja.pednekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: State board stu­dents may no longer be able to bank on their prac­ti­cal pa­pers to pass their board ex­ams.

To stop schools and col­leges from be­ing gen­er­ous while mark­ing stu­dents’ prac­ti­cal exam pa­pers, the state school ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment is likely to in­tro­duce sep­a­rate pass­ing cri­te­ria for the­ory and prac­ti­cal pa­pers in the Class 10 and 12 state board ex­ams from the next aca­demic year.

The depart­ment is likely to en­force a rule, where stu­dents need at least 20% marks in the writ­ten exam alone, along with an over­all (the­ory and prac­ti­cal) 35% marks to pass the boards.

The Ma­ha­rash­tra state board had sub­mit­ted a pro­posal with this for­mula to the depart­ment a year ago. At present, stu­dents need a to­tal of 35 out of 100 marks to pass ex­ams.

Of­fi­cials from the board said their pro­posal is ex­pected to get the depart­ment’s nod soon.

“It has been a year since we gave the pro­posal to the depart­ment. It is now fi­nally be­ing dis­cussed by of­fi­cials,” said Gan­gad­har Mhamane, chair­per­son of the state board. “We are ex­pect­ing a gov­ern­ment res­o­lu­tion any­time now.”

Writ­ten ex­ams in the Sec­ondary School Cer­tifi­cate (SSC) and Higher Sec­ondary Cer­tifi­cate (HSC) are as­sessed by the board, while the prac­ti­cal pa­pers are as­sessed by schools and col­leges, which usu­ally mark stu­dents le­niently to make them pass. This was lead­ing to an in­fla­tion of marks.

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