Those students, who will give away their 10th or 12th standard examinations in February-March 2016, would have to face the new tougher passing rules taken up by the Maharashtra State Board. Till date, the students needed to score an aggregate of 35% marks (including written and practical exams) in a particular subject in order to pass. But according to the new rule the students would now have to score the written exam cut off of 20% (at least 16 marks in an 80 marks written question paper) marks along with the 35% marks in aggregate to pass in a certain subject.
This initiative is taken so that the board could stop students from passing in their exams due to good numbers in practical examinations without scoring enough in the written examinations. The schools provide good practical marks to almost every student and thus students could easily get over and pass a subject without acquiring a basic knowledge of the subject. For 9th standard and 11th Standard students the same rule would get applied from the academic session starting from June 2015.
The Board had earlier proposed the minimum passing marks in written exams to be at least 25%, but the state government negotiated and set it to 20% to ease the student’s life a little. The new rule is expected to affect the pass percentage of the Maharashtra Board students, but this initiative would help students in getting a holistic development thorough proper education. Students with disabilities would be provided concessions in the written examination department under the set rules.
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