Meeta Ramnani, Jul 16, 2017

Source : Mirror

There’s trouble and frustration brewing amid the first batch of Kothrud’s New India School junior college.Despite having scored over 70 per cent in their Class X board exams, all 22 who received admission failed in the first year. A re-test was held, but 11 students failed yet again. Now, the state education department has stepped in and will hold an internal practical exam to give these students another chance.Students, all of whom got admission in the third and fourth rounds of the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) allege that school officials are deliberately lowering their marks due to low attendance.

Admissions to the college happened late, as the New India School was one of 25 junior colleges last year for which permissions for classes XI and XII were accepted late.After all students failed to clear the exams, their parents requested for a re-test. When all but a few once again failed to secure pass marks, the parents filed a complaint to the deputy director of education, Pune.

“After the complaint, the education department conducted another re-test for the 11 of us and all of us passed. But, the college still failed us, as the aggregate total marks which included those previously given by the school, did not cross 35 per cent,“ said one of the students, requesting anonymity.

According to Meenakshi Raut, assistant deputy director of education, “Since the parents submitted an application, we gave the students a chance. We formed a committee of subject experts -professors from other colleges -and they were asked to moderate the exams and check the papers. The results will be out by Thursday. We will send them to the school and they will then update the marks.“

According to students, even the standard of academics at the college is worse than what they expected.Having repeatedly appeared for exams for the past few months, they are fed up and now only want a leaving certificate (LC) so that they can take admissions to Std XII in any other college externally. Here, too, they are anxious as the last date to apply for Class XII externally is July 31, and they do not want to waste a year.

“We took admission for Class XI at New India School as the school has a good name. We knew it was the first batch, but every institute has to start out somehow. But, instead of guidance and mentorship, we are told that we are good for nothing and that we do not deserve to be in the school,“ lamented one of them.

Another added, “We agree that we did not attend college regularly, but the teachers were also not regular. Also, our physics teacher was changed three times.“

Of these 11 students, five have scored above 80 per cent in Class X, and the rest have scored over 70 per cent. According to a source from the deputy director of education’s office, “What has been done to these students is complete injustice and they should be given a chance. We helped them however much we could, but it is also a school run by a politician.However, we have not stopped admissions for new students.“

Countering these claims, Dr Sunita Bhagawat, director, New India School, said that the students have been given many chances to perform, but they have not been able to do so and proven to be highly irresponsible. “Their parents wrote to us when they failed the first exam, requesting us to allow them another chance. And, we did. All the practicals, too, were conducted again, but the students did not perform well. One cannot judge them merely on their Class X marks. We even reduced the syllabus for them as we knew they had not attended school and would not be able to prepare the entire syllabus. As for their claims that their teachers were frequently absent, how can they comment on this when they themselves never attended classes. They have been given enough chances. We will now go by whatever the deputy director says.“