Officials misinterpret best-5 rule for ICSE students,to re-process forms

Only two days remain for applying for class XI admissions and the Pune division of the state education department has messed up the process for the Indian Council for Secondary Education students.

Written by SiddharthKelkar | Pune | Published: July 19, 2010 5:20:53 am

Only two days remain for applying for class XI admissions and the Pune division of the state education department has messed up the process for the Indian Council for Secondary Education (ICSE) students. The department has to re-process around 400 applications following a misinterpretation of the best-five formula for these students.

The Supreme Court’s interim order and a circular issued by the state government based on it states that the ICSE students can choose subjects from groups I and II if they want to go for the best-five option. While group I consists of four subjects that are mandatory for the examination,group II comprises two subjects. It was clarified that the ICSE students can choose any five subjects of these six subjects. The department had also given the same interpretation at a news conference here on Thursday.

However,authorities at the three centres — Fergusson,SP and Nowrosjee Wadia College – in the city,where application forms of ICSE students were accepted,apparently misinterpreted the formula. A college teacher involved in the process at one of these centres said the ICSE students have to fill up an option form with their applications,in which they have to mention whether they are opting for the best-five formula. “The ICSE students were told that they must take into consideration all four subjects in group I and choose any one from group II,which was a wrong interpretation. The four subjects were mandatory for the examination and not for the best-five option.”

The wrong interpretation had left many students with only the choice of going for the total of all seven subjects. The teacher narrated a case in this regard: “There was a student who had 98 and 92 marks in the group II subjects. On the other hand,he had 52 marks in one of the group I subjects. As per the correct interpretation,he could have avoided the 52-mark subject,but he could not. He finally went for all the seven subjects… The wrong interpretation came up from scrutiny only when some parents brought this to the notice of higher authorities.”

Sanjay Surpuriya,a parent,said the option forms printed for the ICSE students also carried this misinterpretation. “In the option form too,four subjects of group I had to be filled compulsorily.”

Chairman of centralised admission committee for class XI and deputy director of Pune division Sunil Magar said they had corrected the flaw. “We accepted forms as per the correct interpretation on Sunday.”

He said the department would contact those students who had submitted forms in the first three days. “We will again provide them the best-five option as per the correct interpretation. Since these forms are yet to entered into the system,it won’t take much time.”

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