CBSE and ICSE students slam government plan to scrap internal marks

The decision came after poor results of SSC students

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CBSE and ICSE students slam government plan to scrap internal marks
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The Maharashtra state government was at the receiving end of protests after they proposed to scrap the internal exam marks for CBSE and ICSE students while seeking admissions for the junior college. Parents and students of CBSE and ICSE have slammed the education minister for the proposal and demanded his resignation. 

Parents and students also raised concerns over the additional marks given to the state board students for participating in the extra-curricular activities. 

The decision came after the poor results of SSC students. State Education Minister, Vinod Tawde, convened two meetings with stakeholders and a suggestion emerged from the discussions was to exclude internal marks granted to students from CBSE and ICSE. 

Parents and students have expressed their disagreement over the proposal. A parent of an ICSE student and member of the India Wide Parents Association stated that the ICSE and CBSE patterns are similar across the country. The state government cannot bring in changes as there is a possibility that other state may also follow the same. As a temporary relief, the government can add internal marks to SSC students. 

The association will write to the Chief Minister and Prime Minister demanding Tawde's resignation.

In an interview with a leading daily, Tawde said that SSC students will not have to forgo their extra marks during admissions. He further said that more than 1.3 lakh SSC students received up to 15 extra marks for participating in various extra-curricular activities. 

However, the decision by the government has made students anxious about a delay in admissions and ambiguity in the procedure.

In February, DNA had reported that several parents of students of SSC, held a protest in Pune and demanded to bring back 20 marks oral exams for language and social science subjects. 

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