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44,260 pass Sept exam,boost for ATKT plan

In what comes as a shot in the arm for the Allow to Keep Term scheme launched by the state government this year...

In what comes as a shot in the arm for the Allow to Keep Term (ATKT) scheme launched by the state government this year,44,260 SSC students in the state who had failed in a maximum of two subjects in March 2009 have cleared the supplementary exam held in September.

Had all of these students availed themselves of ATKT,many would not have lost an academic year.

The state government had decided to launch ATKT through which SSC students who fail in one or two subjects could get a chance to take admission to class 11. The precondition was that the students need to clear the failed subjects in the exam conducted later the same academic year.

“Though there are no specific figures on how many students who cleared their subjects in the exam held in September availed of ATKT,according to the data available over 44,260 students who had failed in one or two subjects in March 2009 have cleared their subjects in the September exam,” Vijaysheela Sardesai,chairperson of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) told The Express.

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According to data provided by Sardesai,as many as 36,143 students who had failed in two subjects appeared for the September exam. Of these only 6,192 could clear their subjects. Of the 1,23,285 students who had failed in only one subject,38,076 passed.

“Though the pass percentage is low,the total number of students who cleared the exam is considerable. This suggests that the move of the board and the ATKT move was in the right direction,” said Sardesai.

“The data in a way suggests that if all of the 44,268 students would have availed of ATKT they would not have lost their academic year. This year the implementation of the scheme was delayed and many aspirants could not benefit from it. Next year onwards,we hope a better response,” she said.

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When asked if extra seats were available to accommodate the students in class 11,she said it would not be an issue. “Admission records show that every year many seats remain vacant especially in the arts stream. In fact ATKT scheme will help fill these seats,” she said.

First published on: 15-11-2009 at 04:17:29 am
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