Since the state government has decided to evaluate students with 50% marks from Std IX and remaining 50% from the current academic year, the issue of the std IX marks for external students was raised.
The state board has decided to tabulate the marks that these students have scored in the most recent exam given which could be from Std V to VIII, whichever is most recent.
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The marks scored in their most recent exams will have to converted to 80% and the remaining 20 marks will be awarded based on the oral and practical exams that the schools will conduct for these external students, the officials said.
Experts and educators pointed out that students would have appeared for an exam many years ago and that there was no comparison between the marks scored in Std V and Std IX.
Secretary of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Ashok Bhosale said, “The external students usually enrol for the SSC exam with the nearest school affiliated to the state board. The school incorporates the names of Form 17 students in the final list of SSC students that is sent to the board. However, their marks for Std IX are not available as a majority of them drop out much earlier. For students who have appeared through regular schools in Std IX and decided to appear for SSC through Form 17, the Std IX marks need to be converted to 80 % from the Saral system.”
School principal of Indutai Pawar English medium school Latika Mane said, “A large number of students study at night, or are workers. The new rule is helpful. But getting their data of the previous exam appeared and its comparison with the current Std IX or Std X examinations cannot be matched.”