Maharashtra Board to decide on giving internal marks for Class 10 students

Maharashtra Board to decide on giving internal marks for Class 10 students

New Delhi, June 13: Parents of Class 10 students of Maharashtra Board have raised the demand for considering internal marks obtained by their counterparts from other boards while securing admission in Class 11. The Maharashtra government will discuss the matter with the Centre. A delegation of parents had a meeting with state Education Minister Vinod Tawde and complained of their wards not being able to get admission in their chosen colleges because of the decision to not add the internal marks secured in Marathi and other subjects in the total score.

CBSE and IB students benefitted by internal marks system

The parents have complained that their wards are put at a disadvantage as the students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) get to benefit from the internal marks system.

The government is thinking whether or not to include internal marks obtained by IB and CBSE students in Class 10 exams for admission in Class 11, Mr. Tawde informed. He said that only four per cent of the total number of students passing from boards like CBSE look for Class 11 admissions in junior colleges affiliated to the Maharashtra education board.

“Some parents of the Maharashtra SSC board students met me and complained about their wards failing to get admission in the colleges of their choice because of the state’s decision to do away with internal mark system for Marathi and other subjects,” Tawde has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

Other boards’ students getting an edge

At the same time, students of other boards are getting an edge over their counterparts from Maharashtra as they continue with the system of internal marks.

“The disgruntled parents have also demanded not to consider internal marks of students from other boards for admission to Class 11, which will be a level-playing exercise. The state is mulling over the proposal and we will take an appropriate decision soon,” the minister told a news daily.

The matter would be discussed with the Union HRD ministry, he shared.

The major reason behind many students scoring lower marks in the Class 10 exams held by the Maharashtra education board is the discontinuance of long-standing practice to add internal marks. The board results were declared recently. Nearly four lakh students could not clear subjects like the Marathi language.