Results are difficult times for students. Firstly, they appear for the examination after a lot of hard words and then they wait eagerly for the results. After the declaration of the result, it happens a lot of times that students face disappointment even after scoring well. Two parents of Delhi NIOS students have similar tales to tell. The children of both are seeking admissions to Delhi government schools for class XI, but are unable to obtain it. Bansal’s daughter had taken ill during her Class X exams and was unable to appear for the same. Kumar’s son, on the other hand, had failed to clear Class IX, after which he was placed in the ‘Patrachar’ (correspondence) mode. But, he failed again.
According to the sources, both of them had applied to the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), and managed to clear Class X, bagging 52% and 53.2% marks respectively. However, their wish to shift to government schools in Delhi to further their studies has hit a roadblock, with the Directorate of Education (DoE) declaring them ineligible to do so. In its May 2018 circular, the DoE had stated that students from NIOS needed a minimum of 55% marks to be deemed eligible for admission. The distraught parents, labeling the criterion as “arbitrary and discriminatory”, are now seeking Delhi High Court help, as reported by the Indian Express.
The circular states, “Students who have passed their secondary examination class X from NIOS, with 55% marks or above in aggregate of five main subjects, are eligible for admission in vocational and humanities stream, provided they are below 17 years of age as of March 31 of the year.”
According to the DoE, NIOS students are not considered for science and commerce stream admissions. “The eligibility criteria is in place because students who pass out from NIOS do not have mainstream subjects, but diluted, easier ones. This is an enabling condition for academically weak students so that they can at least complete their intermediate level and save the year. After that, they can opt for vocational subjects. After studying diluted (easier subjects), they will not be able to cope with mainstream subjects in class XI,” said DoE Director Sanjay Goel.
“The government introduced this system, how can they now bar students? It has a constitutional obligation to provide children with opportunities… now they are being denied the same without any grounds,” said Ashok Agarwal, the lawyer for the parents in the case.
As per the news, there is no percentile limit for admissions to humanities and vocational courses. For those who want to go for Economics, they need to obtain 45% marks and for Mathematics, the minimum is 50%. While for science stream (mathematics included) it is 55%, only 50% is needed for science without mathematics. The criteria bills 50% as the minimum for the commerce stream (both with and without mathematics).
The government had launched the Chunauti 2018 scheme in a bid to improve the learning levels. As per the scheme, the students who had failed Class IX more than once were put under the ‘Vishvas’ group. They had to then appear for the exams under the Patrachar mode. Despite that, many had failed to clear the exams last year.
It was last year only that Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia had announced that the students failing twice in the Class X board examinations will be enrolled under the NIOS. This had been done to salvage the dropout rate. The NIOS exam held this year had a 43% pass percentage.