In­ter­nal marks for SSC stu­dents: Maha govt to take de­ci­sion

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The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment will discuss with the Cen­tre the de­mand raised by par­ents of class 10 stu­dents to not con­sider in­ter­nal marks scored by their coun­ter­parts from other boards while se­cur­ing ad­mis­sion in class 11.

A del­e­ga­tion of par­ents met state Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Vinod Tawde and com­plained of their wards fail­ing to se­cure ad­mis­sion in their de­sired col­leges be­cause of the state’s de­ci­sion to do away with the prac­tice of adding the in­ter­nal marks scored in Marathi and other sub­jects in the to­tal score.

Point­ing out that the stu­dents of CBSE and IB are ben­e­fit­ted by the in­ter­nal marks sys­tem, the par­ents com­plained that the prac­tice is putting their wards at dis­ad­van­tage. Tawde on Tues­day said the gov­ern­ment was mulling over whether to con­sider in­ter­nal marks scored by CBSE and IB stu­dents in class 10 ex­am­i­na­tion for se­cur­ing ad­mis­sion in class 11.

Tawde said that only four per cent of the to­tal stu­dents who pass from ed­u­ca­tion boards like CBSE seek ad­mis­sions for class 11 in ju­nior col­leges af­fil­i­ated to the Ma­ha­rash­tra ed­u­ca­tion board.

“Some par­ents of the Ma­ha­rash­tra SSC board stu­dents met me and com­plained about their wards fail­ing to get ad­mis­sion in the col­leges of their choice be­cause of the state’s de­ci­sion to do away with in­ter­nal mark­ing sys­tem for Marathi

and other sub­jects,” he said.

At the same time, other boards con­tinue with the sys­tem of in­ter­nal marks, which gives those stu­dents an edge over their coun­ter­parts from Ma­ha­rash­tra.

“The disgruntle­d par­ents have also de­manded not to con­sider in­ter­nal marks of stu­dents from other boards for ad­mis­sion to class 11, which will be a level-play­ing exercise. The state is mulling over the pro­posal and we will take an ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion soon enough,” said the min­is­ter. He fur­ther said that the is­sue would be dis­cussed with the Union HRD min­istry.

The end of the long-stand­ing prac­tice to add in­ter­nal marks is be­lieved to be the prime rea­son be­hind many stu­dents scor­ing lower marks in the class 10 ex­am­i­na­tions con­ducted by the Ma­ha­rash­tra ed­u­ca­tion board, re­sults of which were an­nounced re­cently. Around four lakh stu­dents have failed in sub­jects like the Marathi lan­guage.

Pic­ture for rep­re­sen­ta­tion

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