Updated: July 24, 2021 12:03:36 pm
For the fourth consecutive day on Friday, the website to register for the optional common entrance test (CET) for first-year junior college (FYJC) has remained unavailable, with no explanation from the state Education department about why, angering several Class 11 aspirants.
The website, http://cet.mh-ssc.ac.in/, which was supposed to go live at 11.30 am on Tuesday, has remained unavailable for four days now. What’s worse is that no explanation is forthcoming from the state Education department and neither is there any timeline of when registrations will begin.
“Technical glitches” is the explanation given on the website where registrations were supposed to start, with a note that the website is temporarily shut.
Dinkar Patil, chairman of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), was unavailable for comment.
State board students said it was the second time in a week that the incompetency of officials was affecting them adversely.
“The day the SSC results were to be released, the same thing happened. The website was unavailable and I got my result only at 10 pm, whereas it was supposed to come out at 1 pm. Our most important year of school was spent in anxiety because of Covid-19 and now we are facing all this uncertainty,” said Shreya Tupe, a resident of Hadapsar.
The state’s decision to hold the CET has also upset students, especially of non-state board schools, who termed it unfair as it is based on the SSC or state board syllabus.
Though optional, FYJC aspirants who take the CET will be given first preference in college admissions and are likely to take away the choice seats at top colleges.
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