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Choose a course, forget the result


Students who have taken provisional admission in Class XI in any of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)-affiliated schools need not worry about results affecting their choice of stream.

According to a new set of CBSE guidelines issued recently, even if students do not secure the requisite marks (there is a different mechanism for arriving at the percentage of marks in the CBSE) for a stream that they have chosen, they could continue with the course.

The CBSE has set guidelines for its schools in case they ask the students for a change in stream. The schools would also have to adjust the fee already deposited for the classes conducted from the time of admission till the results were declared. Not only this, the schools will have to bear the expenses of the new set of books and study materials. The students would also not lose their attendance record.

A case in this regard was filed in Delhi High Court, which stated that a student was given a particular combination of subjects and later was asked to pursue some other combination.

Keeping this in mind, the board has set certain guidelines for its schools.

On the other hand, the CBSE has appreciated the efforts of its affiliated schools, which admit the students provisionally in Class XI. The board said it is the right practice because in this way a lot of time will be saved.

J.R. Sharma, the director of May Flower School, said: We have been doing this but we never asked any of our students to change streams after the results. In fact, if any student is not able to clear the board examination, he/she is refunded the provisional admission fee by deducting a certain amount. We take proper care while admitting the students seeing their interest in the particular stream.

Parents seemed quite delighted on hearing the new guidelines set by the board. Rakesh Kumar, whose son has taken admission to Class XI in a reputed school, said: I was worried that if my son failed to secure the cut-off required for the science stream, he might have to change the stream. Now, I am happy that he would not have to discontinue with the stream. The CBSEs decision is appreciable and should be welcomed by all.

Kiran Shah, mother of a Class XI student, said: My daughter has taken admission to Class XI and she has opted for the science stream. Now, when the CBSE has set the new guidelines, the schools should not ask her to change the stream no matter whatever marks she gets.

Preeti, a student, said: I have taken provisional admission to Class XI. I was afraid that the school might ask me to change the stream. The decision of the CBSE is such a relief.

The CBSE in its guidelines has mentioned that the schools should make up the loss of classes in the commerce stream or other streams suffered by the student by giving him/her special coaching classes without burdening his/her parents with additional fee.

Moreover, the schools should take into consideration the results of unit test-I and unit test-II taken by a student while carrying out an analysis of his/her results at the end of Class XI.