Now, you flunk Std XI at your own peril…

Shocked at the rising number of students failing Std XI because the new board rule allows them to appear for Std XII privately the very next year, city college principals are now demanding that the rule be scrapped

College principals across the city are outraged at the rising number of students failing the Std XI examinations. Nearly 150-200 students across streams have failed in Std XI in every college this year. Principals say this because of the policy introduced by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education three years ago allowing students who failed in Std XI to appear privately for HSC exams. The principals now want this rule scrapped.

Earlier it was mandatory for a student to clear his Std XI exams in order to appear for his Std XII board exams. Dr Sudhir Chitale, ex-principal of Hajarimal Somani College and group campus director of Bhavan’s College, Andheri, said, “These days students do not take Std XI seriously. They attend college just to have fun. That’s why top city colleges, where admission cut-off marks are 80 per cent in SSC, have students who fail in Std XI.”

Sunil Mantri, principal of Vivekanand College, Goregaon and Secretary of Association of Non-Government colleges, said, “In the first two years we did not notice a drastic change in failure rates but now that students are aware that they don’t need to pass Std XI, the situation is worsening. This is a terrible situation and we have written to the board to scrap the rule. The other alternative would be to not allow them to sit for the HSC exam next year.”

Vijayshila Sardesai, chairperson, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, said, “We have received several complaints from principals about the casual approach of Std XI students to the exams. We have now proposed that those who fail Std XII exams cannot appear for the Std XII exams the very next year. They will be allowed to appear for HSC only a year and a half later. This is a serious problem and we will take a decision on it soon.”

HOW THE RULE WORKS
If a student fails Std XI in March 2005-06, as per the new rule he can appear for his Std XII exam in March 2006-07. Principals are now proposing that this rule be scrapped or that the student who has failed be allowed to appear for the HSC exam only in October of the following year. That way the student would lose a year.

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