CBSE and ICSE parents cry foul over cancellation of internal marks

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 16 June 2019

After the Maharashtra government proposed to drop the internal marks given to Std X students of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), parents of these students have raised their voice against the demand.

Pune: After the Maharashtra government proposed to drop the internal marks given to Std X students of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), parents of these students have raised their voice against the demand.

City-based CBSE and ICSE Parents Association have stated that the demand for reduction of internal marks, which are framed as oral marks by the State government, is an injustice. Around 500 parents have expressed their disagreement over the issue at a press interaction on Saturday. 

The outcry over the drop in internal marks came forward after there was a dip in State Secondary Certificate (SSC) passing percentage as compared to other boards. At this outset, the State Education Department had proposed to have a level playing field for all students by doing away with the internal marks (20) of CBSE Board for Std XI (HSC) admissions. 

A parent stated that although CBSE and ICSE cater to students across the country, the State Government’s proposal might not be effective. 

“We are sceptical. In past also, the CBSE had to amend its evaluation system. Four years back, when CBSE had credit system and would provide CGPA to students, the colleges in the State demanded to reflect marks and percentage of students. Only then, the students would be given admission. Therefore, it was changed by the CBSE. Hence, we feel even this time, history may be repeated,” said a CBSE parent.

Parents have also pointed out that internal marks are not given arbitrarily by teachers to these students. The distribution of these 20 marks in CBSE is inclusive of the terminal exam and two unit tests, notebook keeping, practical and oral exams and projects.

“Students from the State Board have also worked as hard as our students have for the board examination. It is unfair to demand reduction of internal marks. State Board students get extra marks for extra-curricular activities, which our students don’t get. These marks are given based on the evaluation done for practicals, presentations, etc,” said another CBSE parent.

Further, SSC marks for maths and science are inclusive of practical marks. “Whereas, these marks are part of internal marks for CBSE / ICSE students. So again, this will be an injustice to the students of CBSE / ICSE boards if the internal marks are not considered,” said the parent. 

This has also delayed the procedure of First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions, claimed parents. 

The CBSE Board passed out students have already filled in and have got approval for part 1 of the online form for FYJC.

Parents, along with MLA Medha Kulkarni, will be meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and State Education Minister Vinod Tawde to put across their concerns. 

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