The Education department is planning to put in place a separate criteria for internal and external assessment in board examinations. If all goes as per plan, the move could bring down the high percentage of students passing in board examinations. The decision has evoked mixed reaction from school authorities with some fearing it would be detrimental to students.
Addressing mediapersons on Tuesday, State education secretary Ashwini Bhide said she was in favour of a separate criteria for assessment.
“The proposal would be tabled before the State government for final approval. All pros and cons would be taken into consideration before arriving at a final decision as a very large number of students are going to be affected. It is likely that separate passing criteria may get introduced from February/March 2015 board examinations,” she said.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has forwarded the proposal for evolving separate passing criteria during board examinations. Speaking with Newsline, MSBSHSE secretary Krushnkumar Patil said proposal for separate passing criteria covers both the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC, Class XII) and the Secondary School Certificate (SSC, Class X) examinations.
The February-March 2014 HSC examination registered a high passing percentage of 90.03 per cent, while SSC recorded a high of 88.32 per cent. The surge in passing percentage, especially for HSC examination, was attributed to the revised pattern with around 20 per cent for internal marks for several subjects. Around 25 lakh students appear for HSC and SSC examinations every year.
Reacting to the move for separate internal and external assessment, Prashan Redis, leader of the principals association, said the move was uncalled for. “The revised pattern has increased percentage of students who pass and removed fear of examinations from students. The scores of board examinations do not hold significance as students face multiple entrance examinations to for higher education. Therefore, government should continue with existing assessment pattern,” he said.
Another principal, justified a separate criteria. “The higher education system has the same pattern. The existing pattern has been inflating scores. It could mislead students,” he said.