The Gujarat board has cancelled the examinations of both class 10 and 12. CBSE had also announced to cancel the board exam of class 12. People have welcomed this step of the government considering the pandemic situation but parents and students are worried about how they will get the admission in schools and colleges, what will be the basis of the admission.
Now the Gujarat government is waiting for the policy decision of the Central government in this regard. The state government has announced that the new academic session will start from 7 June. The schools may require to increase the classes due to the mass promotions given to the students.
So many days have passed after the class 10 examination was cancelled but it is not clear how students will get admission in the next class and the process has not been clarified. Now parents and students are more worried about the process for class 12. This year, there are 1 lakh 28 thousand science students in class 12 while 5 lakh 82 thousand general students in the same class. All of them have been given promotions. In educational institutes, it is being said that higher education departments should maintain their previously fixed criteria of admitting students from class 12 science stream into professional courses. In that case they will take admission on the basis of entrance tests which includes NEET, GUJSET and all other tests which will be organised online and the merit list could be prepared on this basis only.
Due to the mass promotion this year, there will be more rush of students in the self-financed colleges. Considering the admission process of the past few years in Gujarat, 55 per cent seats were vacant in engineering for the last four years while in dental colleges 200 seats were vacant for the last three years. There is no question of seats getting filled this year. But there is nothing clear about what should be the criteria for admission. But at least this much is clear that entrance tests like JEE, NEET, CLAT will be held.
According to the principal of Ahmedabad’s Vijaynagar School, Dhawal Pathak said that the government has not issued any guidelines about admission so far. But it is expected that admission will be taken on the basis of internal assessments of unit tests, first exam and assignments. As per the guidelines issued by the Gujarat Board for Class 10, internal marks have to be given for the assignments and on this basis the Board results are announced. But in the case of Class 12, the internal markings have not happened for the assignments. So the marks sheet can be prepared on the basis of unit tests and marks of the first test. With this, for Class 12, the marks of the school level assignments too could be considered.
This will be a severe blow to the meritorious students!
The spokesperson of the Congress Manish Doshi reacted to this by saying that this will make things difficult for the meritorious students who wish to get admission in a better college or wish to secure admission in a government institute. Similarly, the quality of students seeking admission in professional courses will go down. The criteria for admission in such institutes should be marks obtained in entrance tests and minimum percentage secured in board examinations. But this will not happen if students are getting mass promotion and both meritorious and common students both will be placed in the same category.