Posted On Friday, February 26, 2010 at 12:21:32 AM
There is good news for students of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board. The ‘best of five’ scheme that will enable SSC students to use five of their top-scoring subjects to determine their final percentage will be implemented from this academic year, the state government has announced.
This means that students, who will appear for SSC examination this year, will get the benefit of this scheme. Mumbai Mirror on January 10 had first reported about the government’s plan to implement the “Best of Five” scheme from 2010.
Under the scheme, students appearing for the SSC exam will have to pass in all the six subjects. While the marks obtained by the students in all subjects will be shown in the marksheet, the overall percentage obtained by the student will be based on the aggregate of five subjects in which the student has scored maximum marks.
The subject, in which the student has scored badly, will be dropped while counting the final percentage. Students usually get admission to junior colleges on the basis of their overall percentage in their SSC exams.
The scheme that was worked out by the State School Education Department in association with the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education aims to relieve exam-related pressure on students.
Vijaysheela Sardesai, chief of the State Education Board said, “Before taking the final decision to implement this scheme, we took the opinion of students, parents, teachers and organisations.
There was an overall consensus among them that such a scheme will help students. Nearly 80 per cent of those whose opinion we sought supported the scheme.”
According to state board officials, students usually fear Mathematics or Science and subsequently these are the two subjects in which a majority of the students fare badly.
SSC students have to offer six subjects and apart from three languages - English, Marathi and Hindi - there are papers in Mathematics, Social Sciences and Science.
The ‘best of five’ system is already in place in the CBSE and ICSE examinations and the idea behind the plan to introduce this in the SSC board was to reduce exam pressure on students and also bring parity in the evaluation system.
Dr T A Shivare, principal of Hinduja College and chairman of Association of Non-government Colleges said that he welcomed the introduction of the scheme. “It will help SSC students.
They will get benefit of the scheme while seeking admissions in junior college. Moreover, this decision will bring about a parity between SSC and other boards,” he said.