The FYJC admission conundrum which has put many CBSE students in a spot has come under the scanner of the Bombay high court. Hearing a petition filed by a Mumbai-based student, a division bench of Justice P B Majmudar and Justice Mridula Bhatkar issued a notice to the CBSE to clarify its stand on the issue.
Shruti, a student of Rajhans Vidyalaya, scored 93% in Std X exam. In her petition, Shruti said her chances of admission to a good college are affected as a result of the "board exam versus school exam controversy".
In an effort to do away with Std X board exams, the CBSE had introduced a new system of examination called comprehensive and continuous education (CCE)-60% marks were to be taken by the school and rest 40% by either the school or the board depending on what the student opted for.
"The school-based exam is similar to the board-based exam as the papers are set by the board, vetted by the board and the mark sheet is issued by the board," said advocate Aniket Nikam, counsel for Shruti. The advocate said the students were given to understand that both systems of examinations were on a par.
The petition challenged the June 2011 letter of the deputy director of education directing all CBSE schools to disallow students who have taken school-based exam from filling the online first-year junior college admission form.
The state opposed the petition saying the petition was filed late as Wednesday was the last date for online submission of admission forms. The advocate for the state also pointed out that the CBSE had issued a circular in August 2010 differentiating between school-based and board exams. The court said it would not like to stall the entire admission process. When informed that the CBSE had issued statements supporting the case of students who had given school exam, the high court asked the board to make its stand clear on the issue.