New Delhi: Giving preference to tuition over regular classes, to prepare for competitive exams, seems to have finally caught the attention of the CBSE.
The board has, in a communication, asked all affiliated school principals to desist from admitting into Class XI students whose sole objective is to enroll for the sake of record and spent the next two years preparing for JEE and other competitive tests.
According to some media reports, the CBSE communication has cautioned disaffiliation and strict action against schools that encourage such practices.
A minimum 75 per cent class attendance is must to sit for the board examination.
The move assumes significance in the backdrop of declining pass percentages at the Plus II level, as students invest more time in cracking competitive exams than paying attention to securing good marks in Class XII board exams.
In the past couple of years, some coaching institutes have rolled out scholarship-cum residency programmes for Class XI students, which practically cuts off a student from attending regular classes.
Since Class XII marks remain the basic criterion for admission into technical and medical courses, coaching centres forge a tie-up with some schools to grant admission to their students and allow them to sit for the board exams.
It is these schools that have now come under the CBSE’s radar.
The CBSE communication has also asked the school principals to send the list of bona fide regular students.