Seeking to check the practice of schools forcing academically weaker students to leave ahead of board exams,the CBSE governing body has recommended that the official consent of a parent be made essential for transfer certificate to be issued by a school.
Schools have been known to issue these certificates summarily on some pretext,generally in pre-board Classes IX and XI,in order to ensure that the non-performing students do not pull down their overall performance figures in the board exams.
A CBSE governing body meeting held on June 4 expressed serious concern over the matter. It was recommended that schools not be allowed to arbitrarily issue transfer certificates to students and told to discuss the issue with the parent of the child concerned,who would have to agree that shifting the student to another school would do her good.
This is a problem particular to students in Classes IX and XI. It had been brought to our notice that schools were weeding out certain students with an eye at notching up a higher school board pass percentage. We hope to protect the interests of schoolchildren in these crucial classes where they need encouragement rather than rejection in any way, CBSE Chairperson Vineet Joshi told The Sunday Express.
Over 11,000 schools across the country are affiliated to the CBSE board. A total of 8,15,749 students were registered with it for Class XII examination this year and they notched a pass percentage of 80.19.