Best Five – A relief for SSC Students !
There is big relieving news for over 16 lakh students of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) from Maharashtra state where class 10th exams are slated to begin from today. The State education minister Balasaheb Thorat has announced the policy on the ‘Best five’ system for junior college admissions.
According to this new policy, out of the six subjects that students appear for examination, they can opt to consider the results and performance of only 5 best subject scores while applying for the admission in junior colleges.
The students will have a choice to drop any subject among four, namely Mathematics, Social Sciences, Science and Hindi, where they fear less score. However, the languages – Marathi and English — will be compulsory.
The New system will be in sync with the ones in the national boards. The CBSE has only five subjects in the Class X board exams, while the ICSE board counts the best five (English plus four others) of the seven subjects that students have to appear for.
I feel the above step will also ensure lesser pressure on the students from Maharashtra even if they may be weak in a particular subject. Suppose a student is brilliant in all subjects except Science. He can still cope up with this weakness and compete with other students while seeking admissions on the back of his strength in other subjects.
It will also help state students to compete students from other boards to level playing grounds while seeking admissions is well-known junior colleges. It is often a matter of few marks which spell decision of prompt admission in to the reputed colleges without the assistance of fund donation.
The over all percentage scored by the student will be based on the total of best scoring five subjects. However, the student will have to pass in all the six subjects. The ‘Best of five’ scheme is for the purpose of relieving the pressure on the student in order to offer leniency in a subject where the student is relatively weak as compared to other subjects and students.
Do you applaud the state’s decision in allowing level-playing field to its students in comparison to other state boards of the country?