Supreme Court on Thursday passed a judgment that the ‘best-5 policy’ would be extended to the students of ISCE when they go to get admissions in junior colleges. The judgment has brought some relief for the principals of ICSE schools; however, they are not completely satisfied as the subjects under Group III will get ignored.
Carl Laurie, principal, Christ Church School, Mazgaon, said, “We have prepared our batch according to the new policy and told them beforehand that scores in subjects from Group III may not be considered if they want to take admission to junior colleges in Maharashtra under the Best-5 system. This version of Best-5 policy is much better than not having it for our students at all.”
Principals of other ISCE schools expressed their worry about the neglecting of subjects under Group III. “Till now, they would study those subjects. But with the new order in place, they will not pay attention at all and teachers taking those classes will have to bear the brunt. ,” said, Perin Bagli, principal, Activity School, Pedder Road.
The subjects under Group-III added subjects like technical drawing, physical education and yoga. Bagli, explaining about these subjects, further added, “These are skill based subjects and they help boost scores if a student is not very good at studies. But now they will be avoided.” Parents too are not much satisfied with SC’s judgment. Xavier Luis, father of a student of St. Mary’s High School (ICSE), Byculla, said, “The SC judges must have seen something right in this order and passed it, so we will follow it. We are used to adjusting with the situation at hand. Even after all kinds of policies in place, students are still struggling to get admitted to junior colleges. There’s nothing else we can do.”