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20-mark SSC internals likely from next year


The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has proposed to reduce the internal assessment marks of secondary school certificate examination to 20 from the next academic year.

At present,mathematics has 150 marks,including 30 marks for internal assessment.It will be reduced to 100 marks40 marks each for algebra and geometry written examinations and 20 marks for internal assessment.

Students would have two-and-a-half hours for the 80 marks written exam,board chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said.

For science subjects,currently,theory is a 60-marks paper and internal assessment is for 40 marks.But from 2013-14,the internal assessment will be reduced to 20 marks,while theory paper will be of 80 marks.

The state has decided to revise the marks weightage to bring parity with the CBSE pattern.This will help the government to resolve issues like the best five calculations,he added.


Lines between boards to blur from ’14


From 2014 academic year, it will not matter if you have studied in ICSE, CBSE, SSC or other state boards.

The board exam papers for class X and XII across education boards will have the same weightage of marks, bringing students on a level-playing field. With a common syllabus already in place and now a common paper pattern, the difficulty level will be similar across the boards.

The Council of Boards of School Education is working with various state and non-state boards to decide the parameters of the weightage of marks to be assigned to every question, said Sarjerao Jadhav, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

For instance, the council will prescribe a range, like every question paper can have 20 to 30 marks of objectives and not more or less than that. “This will ensure that all boards give similar weightage to questions and have more or less similar paper pattern,” said Jadhav.

Some boards are usually considered inferior to others because they have more objective questions and less subjective questions or vice-versa. “The move will bring in uniformity across boards. We have accepted this idea but the weightage of marks has not yet been finalised,” he added.

School principals and students feel that the move will tremendously benefit SSC/HSC students and change the perception towards state board students.

Father Francis Swamy, principal of Holy Family School, said that the move would help state board students in cracking competitive exams. “Currently, the HSC students are unable to score in competitive exams since they are not used to the format and the difficulty level,” he said.

He added that such a solution was long overdue as even though the state board was producing a lot of students scoring over 90%, the quality of students was questionable. “A student scoring above 90% in SSC was considered to be equivalent to a student scoring above 80% in ICSE. The general perception over the years has been that it is easy to score in SSC exam than in ICSE and CBSE exams. I am glad this perception will change once the scheme is implemented,” said Swamy.

Students feel that this move will create a fair competition in the job market. Kalpana Dikshit, a Malad resident studying in class XII in the state board, said: “The employerswould be able to gauge potential of students coming from different backgrounds better as they will be on an equal ground.”


SSC, HSC students to get 2 chances to better scores


There is good news for students appearing for SSC and HSC examinations as the state board has decided to give them two chances to better their scores.

Under the state board class improvement scheme,students who have appeared for either Their SSC or HSC board exam had the option of surrendering their mark sheet to the state board and appear for the same exam once during the October examination session to better their scores.

"Earlier,students had the option of bettering their scores by appearing for the exam again in October.Now,they can appear for the exam twice,once in March and then in October.They can choose the best score out of the three exams and this score will be considered,"said state board secretary K Patil.

He added that students who appeared for their board exams in February-March 2012 and those the students can re-appear for the exam to be held in March this year.


Maharashtra says no to school interviews

For the convenience of parents, schools affiliated to non-SSC boards may soon have to streamline their admission process to make it uniform with SSC board schools. This was the subject matter of a discussion in the state legislative assembly on Monday.

The House was told that provisions of Right To Education (RTE) Act against conducting interviews of parents and the child seeking admission will now be closely monitored.

What this means for you is that no school, irrespective of which board it is affiliated to, will be allowed to hold pre-admission interviews. Currently, this happens clandestinely under the guise of "interactions" with parents and the child. Besides, all schools may now have to time their admissions uniformly.

School education minister Rajendra Darda said his department would write to the central government to bring in uniformity in admission process of schools governed by central boards like ICSE and CBSE.

Legislators from the treasury benches raised questions about different admission dates for different boards, which they said causes inconvenience to parents. Congress legislator Prashant Thakur pointed out that the state does not have any control over these schools.

At this, Bala Nandgaonkar of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena pointed out that many schools in the state still resort to interviews of parents and their wards during admission to pre-primary classes, although this is not allowed under the RTE Act.
Darda assured the House of strict action against schools conducting such interviews. "The RTE Act has a provision to levy a penalty of at least Rs25,000 on managements of schools indulging in such a practice," said Darda.

However, members said that a monetary penalty alone was not enough, and also sought criminal action against managements of such schools..

Speaker of the House Dilip Walse-Patil directed the government to amend the laws such that if a group of schools indulges in any malpractice, punitive action can be taken against the entire group, instead of that one school alone.

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  • The House was told that provisions of Right To Education (RTE) Act against conducting interviews of parents and the child seeking admission will now be closely monitored

  • This means that no school, irrespective of which board it is affiliated to, will be allowed to hold pre-admission interviews with the child and his or her parents


Maharashtra Confused on RTE, Schools suffer

The Maharashtra State Education Department is yet to define its policy on school admissions.

The Directorate of Education promised to issue a common admission schedule for all schools in the state in the next 10 days, however, Education Department officials vary on the time when admissions will start.

Maharashtra Prathmik Shikshan Parishad Project Director Anil Kale said the common admission schedule will tentatively start in January, but Sridhar Salunkhe, the State’sDirector of School Education put the date at April.

Schools in the state, especially those of unaided-minority institutes, are still confused about the amendment to the RTE reservation clause during admissions. The President had approved in June, the August 2012 amendment to the Act.

However, even after more than four months later, the state government is yet to notify schools of the same. Instead, it asked all schools to halt the admission process till it comes up with a new admission schedule and issues a notification on the RTE provisions.

“The official notice on this new rule will be out by end of December and schools will have to follow the schedule provided by the state government,” Kale said.

Asked if non-state board schools too will have to comply with the schedule, he said, “All schools, irrespective of their affiliation, will have to follow this same schedule. Action will be taken against schools that conduct admissions at their own convenience.” He added the process will tentatively start in January, when application forms are likely to be issued


A model code of conduct for school students in Mumbai and Pune



Senior education experts and non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Pune and Mumbai
are preparing a model code of conduct for school students. With teachers constantly
complaining about student misbehaving in classrooms, the code is being designed taking
into consideration some of the existing models in the US and European schools.


The model will consist of what a school expects from students inside classrooms and out-
of-school behaviour and punishment in case of violation of any of these rules. The group
will be presenting the first draft of this model to state education minister Rajendra Darda
and minister of state for education Fauzia Khan on November 28 in Mumbai at a high-level
meeting of educationists.


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Students can get their Board Papers rechecked


The Maharashtra Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has announced a scheme where Secondary School Certificate (SSC,std X) students can re-evaluate their board examination answer sheets.

The present scheme allows students only to re-evaluate their marks for calculative errors.
But,under the new scheme,students will be able to apply for complete rechecking of answer sheets.

The scheme will be implemented from 2013-14 board examinations.

A five-member committee will be formed under the guidance of the chief moderator to re-evaluate the answer sheets.

Board chairman Sarjerao Gaikwad said that only those students who apply for duplicate copies of their answer sheets can avail of this facility. The scheme of issuing duplicate answer sheets was introduced last year.

Jadhav said that most boards in the country had introduced this scheme but later discontinued it.""However,we will make sure that this does not happen in Maharashtra and hence we have introduced some stringent rules. Students will have to get a duplicate copy of their answer sheets from their respective boards.The application for rechecking must be submitted to the board within five days of the result.For subjective answers,only an increase of 10 % or more will be awarded.A written consent of re-evaluation from a school or college teacher will also be necessary.""

In the present system,evaluators are only allowed to recount marks and correct calculative errors and not change the marks awarded in the answer papers.Jadhav said that,in the current system, if a student has attempted a fill in the blank question correctly, yet the evaluator has marked the answer incorrect,this error remains unchanged while evaluation.""However,the new scheme will allow the evaluator to correct these mistakes,"" Jadhav said.

Students will be charged Rs 300 per subject as application fee for re-evaluation of papers.

Availing a duplicate copy will cost an additional Rs 400 per paper.Jadhav said,""Students are advised to retrieve a duplicate copy of their answer sheet from their respective division and show it to their subject teacher in school or college.If the teacher gives a go ahead for rechecking only then they should submit the application.""

Apart from the chief moderator,the committee will comprise three senior moderators of each district of the particular division and another official of the board.A final decision on the scheme by the state government is awaited.

Jadhav said of the 13 lakh students who appeared for HSC exam in February-March this year,over 7,000 students applied for rechecking.Close to 4,500 SSC students of the 16 lakh also applied for rechecking.""Only about 20 genuine cases were found of the total 12,000 applications,""Jadhav said.


Standard X - SSC Board October Exam Dates


Maharashtra board September - October SSC or 10th time table has declared . Exams are going to start on 4th of October and will be end on 20th October 2012.


New school syllabus to do away with annual exam


Now, it would not be mandatory for students of Classes I to VIII of state education board schools to take annual examination from next year as the state is planning a new application-based syllabus for them.

School Education Minister Rajendra Darda on Friday approved the draft of the new syllabus which will now be put up on the state government website to invite suggestions from experts, parents and students. The revamp has been planned after an increase in the number of students leaving SSC schools to join national and international boards.

"The aim is to make rote learning a thing of the past and bring SSC students on a par with other boards. It will do away with a annual final exams and adopt a method of continuous comprehensive evaluation. The change of syllabus will be introduced in phases," said Darda.

Usha Wagh, primary school commitee president, Huzurpaga School, said, "Though one will have to read the draft to form an opinion, prima facie the decision looks positive. Particularly, the idea of doing away with the annual examination for primary schools. This will take unnecessary burden off students and parents shoulders. These exams lead to undue pressure on students, especially for the younger lot."

Agnes Paul, principal of S V S High School, Khadki, said, "It is good to hear that finally the rote system will disappear. The mugging up and writing business has to end. However, the syllabus should not be entirely objective. It should be partially objective and partially subjective otherwise malpractises will increase." Retired civic school principal Jayshree Marale said, "The revamp was long overdue. Children are being treated like caged animals in the current education system. If rote learning will be replaced by practical education, it will be a commendable move. If not, the revamp will be meaningless."

In the first phase, the syllabus would be introduced for Classes I and II from June 2013. Classes III, V and VIII will get the new syllabus in June 2014 in the second phase and Classes IV, VI and VII in June 2015 in the third phase.

Darda said the new syllabus will also try to reduce the burden through smaller textbooks. Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training had formulated an expert panel for the syllabus revamp draft under the supervision of nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, author Vasant Aabaji Dahake, mathematician Hemchandra Pradhan.

Syllabus for 11 subjects has been crafted after studying the curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other state boards


Class 9 Hindi Text book has around 80 mistakes !!


Class 9 students from a state board school should be forgiven when they say “khayaali chunav pakana” instead of “khayaali pulav pakana”, or believe that vachna means betrayal instead of a promise.

The latest Hindi textbook of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education are riddled with more than 80 mistakes, complain teachers. These textbooks have been designed as per the revised syllabus.

“There are obvious mistakes on almost every page. It appears as if the book was never proof-read. It takes two classes just to correct these mistakes,’’ says Rajesh Pandya, who has been teaching Hindi for more than two decades at Fatima Devi English High School in Malad.

He is also a member of Rashtra Bhasha Prachar Samiti, Mumbai and Wardha, which reviewed these textbooks.

Besides printing mistakes and grammatical errors, there are many Marathi words in the textbook and incorrect definitions.

One of the glaring mistakes is on page 162 in the “Notes’’ section, which provides information about the places mentioned in the chapters. The note says that Ajanta is located just 60km from Jangaon, instead of Jalgaon.“Jangaon is not in Maharashtra, it is in Andhra Pradesh,’’ says Pandya.

Another Hindi teacher from a Dadar school points out that the book has too many spelling mistakes. “Instead of long ‘e’s, a short ‘e’ has been used and vice versa. Words do not have the mhatra. How are students supposed to learn the language?’’ she says. “The state board needs to take another look at who is setting these textbooks.’’

Sarjerao Jadhav, chairperson of the state board, says they will correct the mistakes through Shikshan Sankraman, the state board’s magazine circulated to all its schools. “As this was the first batch of textbooks with the new syllabus, mistakes might have crept in. We cannot correct them now.We will inform the schools about the changes through our magazine and will make corrections in the books that will be printed next year.”


2013 SSC Board Maharashtra Time Table and Exam Dates 2013 July 1, 2012 The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations will be held from March

The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations will be held from March 2 to 25, 2013.
The time table will be available on www.studyssconline.com from July 1. This would help the schools and students plan their studies for the entire year.


Std IX Hindi textbook rear cover has wrong photo


Just as talk about the delay in printing textbooks for class IX students died down, the state board has been dragged into a new controversy. On the rear glossy cover of the Hindi (first language) textbook, the photograph of Hindi literary pundit Sharad Joshi has been mistakenly replaced by a picture of the Shetkari Sanghatana leader with the same name.

This has given way to a new discussion by educationists on the lax attitude on the part of Kumarbharati (Balbharati) of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, which has printed lakhs of books with the mistake. "Someone blindly downloaded a photograph of Sharad Joshi from the internet," said state board chairman Sarjerao Jadhav. There are 20 photographs of Hindi writers and poets, including Premchand, Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Sumitranandan Pant on the cover.

This year, the class IX syllabus for the three languages-English Hindi and Marathi-were upgraded and new textbooks were not available in the market even after schools had commenced. "The picture is only used on the cover, so there should be no problem for students. However, we have made changes to the textbook and reprinted them so students who want to exchange their books can do so," added Jadhav

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Prices of state board Std IX books double this year


Parents of children studying in Class IX of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) school will now need to shell out double the money to buy the books this year. Board officials attribute this price rise to the ‘improved quality’ of the books printed by Balbharati.

Shop owners say the the prices remained unchanged for many years and this is the reason why parents are shocked at the price rise this year. “Parents are shocked by the price rise but hardly anything can be done about it. Subsidies for these books have been removed and the number of pages, too, has increased,” said, owner of Natraj Book Shoppe.

An Algebra book, which cost Rs 31 earlier, is now priced at Rs 66. Similarly, the price of an English book has increased from Rs 31 to Rs 64. “Hindi book’s price has been hiked from Rs 17 to Rs 67. For Marathi books, it has gone up from Rs 25 to Rs 60,” said, another shop owner.

Sarjerao Jadhav, chairman, MSBSHSE and director of Balbharati, said, “Prices have been increased but the quality of the books has also improved. The books have more pages and better illustrations. The price of everything, from paper to fuel, is going up these days. In such a scenario, we cannot help but increase the prices of our books.”

However, parents are unhappy. A parent, said, “The quality of books has improved, but increasing the prices of by almost double is unfair. The board should realize that most of the students are from modest families and such a sharp increase in prices would make it difficult for many to procure them.”


Class IX yet to get language textbooks


Even as state board schools were asked to commence regular school from June 16, Class-IX students are yet to start serious studies. For, text books for the upgraded syllabus of all three languages — English, Hindi and Marathi — are still unavailable in the market. In the absence of books, schools have started lectures with grammar lessons.

Teachers, though, fear that students may lose interest in the subjects soon. “Our teachers are making the classes as interesting as possible. Since books are still unavailable, we are revising the Class-VIII syllabus so that students don’t lose touch with the languages,” said Fr Francis Swamy, principal of Holy Family High School in Andheri (East).

Most schools are keeping their students busy with essays and letter-writing to improve their writing skills. At Hansraj Public School, Class-XI students are being kept busy with regular lectures. “The Class-IX portion is very vast so we can’t waste time just because books are not available. Grammar and composition are important in language, so our students will be given lessons on these till the textbooks are available,” said Uday Nare, a school teacher.

State board chairman Sarjerao Jadhav told TOI that books will be available by June 20. “We need to make sure that books reach students across the state at the same time. We have already received the books from the printers and have given the release order too. Students will find the books in the market in a couple of days,” he said.


Schools reopen, but no Class IX books of Maharashtra board yet


While crores of state board students will go to schools with their new textbooks covered in shiny brown paper, it is likely to be a masti ki pathshala for Class IX students for at least a week. For, most of their books are still to go for printing at Balbharti, Pune, which designs and prints the textbooks for state board schools. State schools reopen on Friday.

The syllabi for all Class IX subjects, except science and mathematics, were to be revised from 2012-13, but the textbooks in none of the eight mediums Balbharti publishes them in have reached the students before the start of the session. Close to 16 lakh students are enrolled in Class IX across the state, with 3.5lakh of them in Mumbai.

Textbooks in mediums other than English and Marathi are yet to be printed, said sources. A top official in the school education department said it’s been a huge task for Balbharti to deal with the major syllabi overhaul in four subjects and in eight languages. Balbharti publishes 842 titles and nearly 12.61crore books annually, but with the syllabi revision has thrown its schedule off- track.

Admitting to “a bit of delay in theprinting of Class IX textbooks”, state board chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said, “We are working on a war footing and the books have started reaching our 11 book depots across state.”


SSC Results 2012 will be announced today at 1pm

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will announce the SSC result 2012 today, June 13th 2012 at 1pm. So stay tuned with us to get the latest updates.

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Relief for Class 9 Students – Maths & Science Update


In a major relief for Class IX students, the state government has decided to defer its policy on grace marks by a year. A circular issued last year made it compulsory for students of classes IX to score a minimum of 25% in theory papers of mathematics and science to be eligible for grace marks. However, after several complaints about mass failures in various schools, the government decided to defer its policy by one year.

"Most students and parents claimed that they were unaware about the circular. Since there were too many cases of mass failures reported this year, the state government had to take a decision," said Sarjerao Jadhav, chairman of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.


Maharashtra board SSC results likely on Wednesday


The anxious wait of more than 13 lakh students is set to end as the state Secondary School Certificate (SSC) results are likely to be declared on Wednesday, June 13.

The results can be accessed on the website: http://www.studyssconline.com Over 3.66 lakh students appeared from the Mumbai division, which includes Thane and Raigad.

School education minister Rajendra Darda said the state board was keen to declare the results of the Class X state board exams as early as possible.

“The results will most likely come out on June 13. More than 13 lakh students have given the SSC exams and we are keen to end their wait for the results soon,” he said.

The official confirmation about the date of declaration of results will be made on June 12.

Last year, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) had declared the SSC result on June 17.

“We are coming out four days earlier this time, and this is a trend we would like to maintain,” said Darda.

“The idea of bringing out results earlier is to give students more time for seeking admissions to class XI,” he added.


Schools reopen, but no Class IX books of Maharashtra board yet


While crores of state board students will go to schools with their new textbooks covered in shiny brown paper, it is likely to be a masti ki pathshala for Class IX students for at least a week. For, most of their books are still to go for printing at Balbharti, Pune, which designs and prints the textbooks for state board schools. State schools reopen on Friday.

The syllabi for all Class IX subjects, except science and mathematics, were to be revised from 2012-13, but the textbooks in none of the eight mediums Balbharti publishes them in have reached the students before the start of the session. Close to 16 lakh students are enrolled in Class IX across the state, with 3.5lakh of them in Mumbai.

Textbooks in mediums other than English and Marathi are yet to be printed, said sources. A top official in the school education department said it’s been a huge task for Balbharti to deal with the major syllabi overhaul in four subjects and in eight languages. Balbharti publishes 842 titles and nearly 12.61crore books annually, but with the syllabi revision has thrown its schedule off- track.

Admitting to “a bit of delay in theprinting of Class IX textbooks”, state board chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said, “We are working on a war footing and the books have started reaching our 11 book depots across state.”


In Std. 9, scoring a minimum of 25% marks in written examination of all subjects is mandatory

The Maharashtra Secondary & Higher Secondary Education Board Regulation, revised circular No 2744, dated April 11, 2012, states that a minimum of 75 per cent attendance of the total working days in each term separately is mandatory for promotion. Securing a minimum of 25% marks in written examination of all subjects is mandatory. No grace marks or any other benefit, including automatic or combined passing to be given, if a student fails to obtain the required 25% marks in the written exam. These 25% marks are to be calculated by considering the combined marks obtained in the first & second semesters.


29 Unauthorised schools in Mumbai city told to shut down


The education department has asked 29 state board (SSC) schools in the western suburbs to shut down because they don't have No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from the state.The move could rattle the lives of thousands of students studying in these schools.Many of these schools are more than a decade old.

The education department said that students from these schools would be accommodated in nearby schools.It will be our responsibility to ensure that students in these schools don't suffer.The department will give students special letters to help them secure admission in good schools,,said PR Pawar,education inspector,west zone,which includes schools from Bandra to Dahisar.

However,the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) United Forum said that this won't be easy.The department may say that students won't suffer,but it will be difficult to find good schools.The department should have informed parents before doing this,said ArundhatiChavan,president of the forum.

The schools were issued notices in the past one month.The department is checking the affiliation and recognition status of all city schools in accordance with the Right to Education Act.The Act states that every school needs government approval to operate,failing which,the government can shut down the school.Education inspectors from south,north and west zones have been inspecting documents of all schools.Although most of these schools have requested the government for permission before commencing,they don't have formal approvals,added Pawar.

The education department has advised parents to check the status of schools before applying for admission.The best way to check the credentials of a school is to go to the area ward office,which keeps a record of school documents.

Before starting a school,managements ask the state government for approval.The proposals are then sent to district and state education committees.These committees visit the school.The office of deputy director of education then grants the school recognition or authorisation.


Maharashtra SSC results dates announced


Maharashtra School Education Minister RajendraDarda on Wednesday said that the state board is all set to declare the HSC and SSC results in May and June respectively.

"Maharashtra State Higher Secondary and Secondary board is planning to announce the HSC and SSC results on May 23 and June 13 respectively", he said.

Last year the HSC results were declared on May 27 whereas the SSC results were announced on June 17.

"This year we plan to announce results few days earlier so that admission process is started as early as possible", he added.

The HSC and SSC exams in Maharashtra were held in February and March respectively.


SSC Board 2012 – 2013 Timetable to be out by June end


State education board feels move will allow for changes when necessary and avoid Std X and XII paper clashes

The state education board might declare the exam timetables for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations early from next academic year to avoid goof-ups at the last minute.

The board stated last week that the timetables for the 2012-13 academic year will be prepared by the last week of June itself, which will ensure there is enough time to make changes if such a need arises.

This development comes after papers of SSC and HSC clashed on March 9, 12 and 19, leaving the schools and students in disarray.

"As soon as classes resume, we'll deliver the timetable to the schools, colleges and parents. With this, we'll get enough time to make changes to avoid clashes of exams like it happened this year," said a senior official of the board.

This year, because of the paper clashes, the state board had to re-arrange some of its exam centres, increase the number of sub-centres and bring in extra furniture to accommodate students from both standards who hadto appear at the same centres for their examinations.

The board had told the centres to seat one student per bench and had re-arranged seating arrangements of those who had to sit together.


25% seats will be now reserved for poor school students in Maharashtra


It will soon be mandatory for all schools in the state to reserve 25% seats at the time of admission to grade I for students hailing from socially and economically weaker sections, and residing in areas near the school.

The rule will also be applicable to schools affiliated to other national and international boards.

The state cabinet on Wednesday approved business rules for implementation of the centrally-enacted Right to Education (RTE) Act. The act, which endorses free and compulsory education for children aged 6-14, was enacted in 2009, and has since been implemented in 12 states.

Reservations on provisions of the act led to delays in its implementation in the state. Now, with the state cabinet approving the business rules, the final hurdle in implementation has been cleared.

Apart from certain school managements, some state ministers, including those affiliated to educational institutions, and others in the political leadership, had expressed opposition to some provisions of the act. The opposition extended to the 25% reservation for students from backward sections, with arguments being made that such students would find it difficult to adapt to the culture in private schools in uptown areas.

Another contentious issue was regarding the make-up of school management committee proposed for state-run and private-aided schools.

The committees will comprise 75% parents, while the others will be representatives from school managements, local bodies, principals and senior teachers, and experts in education. Following opposition from some politicians and managements, the government dropped the provision of appointing a parent as head of the committee in aided schools.


Students can now seek admission to Class XI with marksheet printouts


The admission procedure for the students of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) to class XI just became a bit easier. Starting this year, students will be able to download their marksheets from the board’s website and use this to seek admission in the junior colleges.

“Till last year, students had to wait for original marksheets. Only after that could we start the process. When it comes to admissions, there are lots of steps involved. This one small change will help us save around 10 days. Once the students gets their originals, their admissions can be confirmed,” said Sarjerao Jadhav, chairman, MSBSHSE.


Std IX and Std X Mathematics marks reduced

The Maharashtra state board of secondary and higher secondary education has decided to reduce the marks weightage for mathematics for std IX and X, from the existing 150 marks to 100. The change for std IX will come into effect from the 2012-13 academic year and for std X, from the subsequent year.

Sarjerao Jadhav, chairman of the board said, "The first batch of std IX will appear for the 100 mark maths exam to be conducted in March 2013. In the February 2014 std X board exams, the same batch will appear for the 100 marks maths paper. But students appearing for std X board exam in February 2013 will write the 150 marks maths paper."

The state government has decided to revise the marks weightage to bring parity with the CBSE examination pattern. This will help the government resolve issues like the "best five" calculations, which had caused controversy, he added.

The revised 100 marks examination would comprise 40 marks each for the algebra and geometry written exam. The remaining 20 marks would be for internal assessment. Students would have two-and-a-half hours for the 80 marks written exam.


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Pinal Virani – 88.36% - Poddar (Santacruz)

Yogita Baviskar – 87.64% - St.Xaviers(Airoli)

Namrata Kusmude – 84.73% - St.Josephs(pune)

Mahek Sayed – 83.45% - St.Louis Convent (Andheri)

Almas Mohammed – 83.09% - St. Teresa Convent(Santacruz)

Dhaval Vora – 82% - St. Xaviers (Andheri – east)

Kanika Singh – 81.45% - St.Lawrence (Malad)


PARENTS....GET ON BOARD!

Help your child sail through tense exam days with some helpful tips from our expert counsellors from Study SSC Online:

Exams are difficult not just for the kids; we know parents go through the motions as well. As exam season approaches there are things that you as parents can do to keep your child motivated through the most difficult time of their academic year. Here are a few things you can do so that they are able to achieve the best they can.

All Work and No play!

Where most parents falter is while allotting the much-needed recreation time. It’s not just the length of the break, it’s also what your child does during that time that is important. Outdoor games and indoor games at least thrice a week each, should be part of the timetable. Psychologists say, “Many students who are interested in sports or music or other co-curricular activities completely forego what they love to do during exam time. This will invariably lead to a drop in your child’s performance." Your child may get tired after playing but you must remember that the brain gets tired after studying as well. They add, “Playing for an hour and a half serves as a much needed energy boost and also brings in ample oxygen for the brain to help it be alert and energetic.”

The breaks in between study schedules are different. Instead of your child killing time in front of the TV, you should encourage them to read a small comic book or play games which would get over in 10 to 15 minutes. Psychologists say, “Loud music or television is not recommended because there are chances the learnt material will be replaced with the lyrics or the events on television. These can block the learning process for the next session of studying."

Home Sweet Home

Studying vast portions can take a toll on your child’s ability to grasp the subject. Providing him/her with the right space to study is something you must do as parents. Make your house comfortable for your child to study in. You can make it easier for them by creating a soothing environment. Psychologists say, “Some students experience a slight anxiety and a mild adrenalin rush while studying. Playing soft instrumental music can have a soothing effect on the mind. It reduces anxiety levels and increases concentration. The Gayatri Mantra can have a powerful effect on their performance. You can also try giving your child an almond oil head massage every night.”

Around the Clock

It’s great if your child is organised but in a world where attention spans decrease by the second, you can help him/her develop a plan of action. Sit with them and prepare a special timetable for studying and for the all-important revision. Clinical psychologists say, “The attention span of an average student is 40 to 45 minutes, and that’s why most schools and colleges have lectures that are about that long. Do the same while preparing the timetable — devote 45 minutes to studying with concentration and follow it with a break of 10 to 15 minutes.”

Just wish for the best, and it will happen!

Before the exam, most calls counsellors receive are from parents. Don’t constantly instruct your child. “Keep wishing your kid good luck and believing that they will excel in their exams. This won’t just help them, it’ll help calm you too.” If your child is still not studying as the exams inch closer, it’s advisable to see a counsellor or a motivator. Opening channels of communication is a lifelong process and cannot be done days before an exam. Our expert concludes, “There are no problem children, sometimes problem teachers and most often problem parents.”

Time to listen!

Counsellors have been screaming from mountain-tops that exams are a stressful time for kids. As parents, you need to support your kid in their effort and not push them. As much as adolescents might fight to not show it, this is the time they need you the most. Our experts say, “This is the time to listen to them rather than give advice. If you are one of those who take leave from work for your child’s exams, then ensure that you are a support, not a nag. Maintain a positive environment around the house by creating calmness and serenity, and do not compare them with cousins, friends or siblings.”

TIPS FOR STUDENTS

1. Vary subjects and their difficulty so you don’t get bored or disheartened. Set realistic targets of what you can achieve in the time available.

2. Spend time with people who have a positive effect. It will rub off on you. Avoid negative thoughts, such as “Everyone else seems better organised, while I’m struggling.” Challenge such thoughts with positive thinking; for example, ‘I have done well in exams before.’

3. Food rich in vitamins and proteins, such as green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, are a must. The nutrients will help your brain stay sharp. Avoid food with high fat content. Don’t drink a lot of coffee, tea or fizzy drinks. Caffeine will keep you up and reduce the clarity of your thinking.

4. Practice deep breathing, meditation and yoga as forms of relaxation. They help your body relax and reduce stress.

5. Revision is essential. Practise writing answers under exam conditions. Take three hour tests, without a break in between, preferably at the same time as that of the exam. This will help your body clock adjust to the examination time and conditions.


Instructions for the papers of Science and Technology

Let us have a look at the type of questions and related instructions.

1.Q.Complete the following statements by choosing the proper alternatives from given below and rewrite the complete statemets in your answerbook.(Q.1A)
Rewrite the complete sentence in your answer book and not just the answer.Underline the word that you have written as the answer.

2.Q.Match the correct pair from coloum"A"and coloum"B"and write correct pairs in your answerbook.(Q.1B)
The correct method is to write the correct pair in a line in column A and column B as shown in our model answers. Do not write the answerin three columns or do not show arrows indicating the answer.
Do not write the answer if you do not know.If you write the wrong answer,you might lose more marks than expected.

3.Q.Read the following sentences carefully and answer in the "True" or" False"form.(Q.1C)
If the answer is"True",just write"True".
If the answer is"False",write the true sentence. Do not write the sentence if you do not know,just write "False".

4.Q.Fill in the blanks and rewrite the sentence.(Q.1D)
Rewrite the complete sentence in your answer book and not just the answer.Underline the word that you have written as the answer.

5.Q.Find the odd man out in each of the following.(Q.1D)
Write the answer.Preferably give reason why the term is odd only if you know it.

6.Q.Give scientific reasons.(Q.2A)
Each question carries two marks.It is expected to write at least two points having one mark for each point.
However,in some questions,there is only one point.In such cases,do not forcefully add the second point.

7.Q.Distinguish between the following.(Q.2B)
Each question carries two marks.Number of points of distinction may vary from two to four.Write point of distinction and then its description in columns.Note that, examples are not considered as point of distinction.

8.Q.Solve the following.(Q.3A)
Each question carries two marks. You should easily get full marks in this question.In general,formula carries one mark. Substitution and answer carries one mark.Always follow the steps - 1.Write "given" values,2.What to"find", 3.Formula used and 4.Substituting the given values in the formula to find the answer.
Remember to convert the given values wherever necessary. For example, converting power in kW to Watt,converting time in minutes to seconds etc.Do the final calculation with full attention.

9.Q.Explain following chemical reaction with the help of balanced equation.(Q.3A)
Each question carries two marks.You should easily get full marks in this question.In general,explanation carries one mark.Reaction carries one mark.
Explain the reaction with mentioning all the end products.

Do not forget to show the up arrow for gases and down arrow for precipitates.Mention
Air or Heat when the reaction is in presence of Air or Heat respectively.
Do not write wrong end products. If you know, only one of the many end products, just write the correct one. You might lose more marks if you write wrong end products.

10.Q.Answer any one of the following.(Q.3B,4B,5B)
Each question carries four marks.In general write the answer in points.
Draw neat and labelled diagrams wherever available.

11.Q.Draw neat and labelled diagram of any two of the following. (Q.4A)
Each question carries two marks. In general,diagram carries one mark. Labelling carries one mark.
Diagrams in the text book are considered as the standard reference.
Do not label the part if you do not know.It is ok if you do not label rather than labelling wrongly.

12.Q.Answer the following :(any four).(Q.5A)
Each question carries one mark.Write answer to the point.No frills(diagrams,reactions,reasoning, extra information)expected.
Practice makes the man perfect!Do not dishearten if you cannot score well at the start.You will slowly build the confidence as you actually work for it.Keep your mind at what you do to get the expected results.


Instructions to candidates

1.Candidates should carry their Hall ticket every day. The same should be produced whenever demanded by the Supervisor, Centre Co-ordinator or the visiting officers.

2.Barcode sticker will be distributed for every paper by the Supervisor. Verify the subject and Seat No. (on the sticker). Write your Seat No. and Barcode sticker No. and then sign on Attendance Sheet (Form-1).

3.Write your Seat No. in figures and words properly in the space provided on cover page. Also sign in the designated space.

4.Candidates are not allowed to leave the Examination Centre during the examination period.

5.Candidates should check and ascertain that the Answer Book is in proper condition and that it contains all pages.

6.Leave the margin only on the left side of the page. Do not leave margin on the right side.

7.Write on both sides of the page. Do not tear any page from the answer book or supplement. Doing so will invite disciplinary action.

8.Ensure that the answer book and each supplement are signed by the supervisor. Write correct number of supplements used on the cover page of the answer book.

9.Write your seat no. on every page of the question paper at the top right corner.

10.Any rough work should be done by pencil on the last page of the supplement. Mention clearly that it is rough work. Do not use loose sheets or question paper for this purpose.

11.Write clearly the Question No., and Sub-question No. in the margin before beginning / starting the answer. Do not use different ink for this purpose.

12.Every new question should be on a new page. Sub-questions can continue on the same page

13.Supervisor signature is required if you cancel objectives or change ink.

14.Only blue ink is to be used. No marks will be given for answers written in any other colour. Avoid gel pens as they blot on the back side of the paper. Stick to Ball pens.

15.Sketch pen is not permitted to be used in answer books. Use pencil for drawing diagrams.

16.Disciplinary action will be initiated against candidates for the following reasons:
a.Bringing books, notes, scribbled paper in the examination hall, writing on body or on clothes.

b.Talking to or communicating with any other candidate, copying either singly or jointly.

c.Taking answer book or supplements either whole or in parts, outside the examination hall.

d.Exchanging question paper, answer book or supplements with other candidates

e.Disobey instructions from Centre-in-charge or supervisors or any other misbehaviour.

17.Do not write anything other than answers in the space provided for answers, such as your name, address, seat no. Deity’s name, request or threat for passing etc.. Any such attempt or attempt to establish your identity by various signs will be liable for cancellation of complete examination and disqualification for next examination.

18.Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall in the first 30 minutes and the last 10 minutes of examination. It is necessary to handover the question paper to the supervisor if you want to leave the examination hall before the specified time of the examination.

19.Misuse of candidate’s entrance ticket or identity card during the examination is a non-bailable and cognizable offence. Action will be taken against both concerned.

20.The candidate must give the undertaking to Centre coordinator before the examination, if he/she desires to avail exemption granted previously for any subject,

21.Pocket calculator, mobile phones, pagers or any such electronic devices are not allowed in the examination hall.

22.Always use log table supplied by the Examiner.


Gear Up SSC Students...less than 90 days to go!!


Dear SSC Students, as you all know, there are less than 90 days to go for the board exams,I am sure you leaving no stone unturned to make sure you do well in your exams. To help you perform better,Study SSC online would like to share a set of tips so that your hard work doesn’t go waste.

We know you know it all, but just a small reminder, to contribute in our own little way.

1.Only use blue ball pens, no gel pens

2.Always show Rough work on right hand side

3.Remember to Rewrite entire statement in case of cancellation of objectives

4.Always show Diagrams in boxes

5.Write all answers in points in Sciences & Social Studies

6.Write the entire statement for fill in the blanks

8.Do not overwrite

9.Give headings to diagrams, they carry marks

10.Last but not the least, always carry a copy of your hall ticket, in case you lose the original,the Xerox copy would be handy.


SSC BOARD 2011 Time Table

DAY & DATE TIME SUBJECT
Thursday 03rd March, 2011 11.00am - 2.00pm English
Saturday 05th March, 2011 11.00am - 2.00pm Hindi
Tuesday 08th March, 2011 11.00am - 1.00pm Science I
Thursday 10th March, 2011 11.00am - 1.00pm Science II
Saturday 12th March, 2011 11.30am - 1.30pm Algebra
Tuesday 15th March, 2011 11.30am - 1.30pm Geometry
Thursday 17th March, 2011 11.00am – 1.00pm History - Civics
Saturday 19th March, 2011 11.00am – 1.00pm Geography - Economics
Monday 21st March, 2011 11.00am - 2.00pm Marathi


SSC Results will be declared on 17th June, 2010

You can now view your standard X SSC Results online without any delay on our congestion free site, studyssconline at 11am on 17th June, 2010.

No need to log in, just type in your seat no and click Enter to view your result.
Your results will be calculated on the basis of BEST OF 5 criteria. That means your percentage will be calculated for your scores in the subjects where you have your highest marks !!!!


SSC results will be in best-of-five format ONLY: State

The state board will declare the SSC results according to its best of five policy only and junior college admissions will take place as per the marks for SSC board students.
State Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat confirmed this day after 21 parents of ICSE students filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court against the government resolution to implement the best of five system for SSC students seeking college admissions.

The parents argued that the best of five system be implemented even for ICSE students who appear for exams in seven subjects.
"We will reply to the affidavit when we get the notice. But all SSC board students will get their results in the best of five format.

Our result software has been designed in such a way that the mark sheet will consist of all subject marks but the percentage will be the average of marks scored in the top five subjects," Thorat said.

The best of five policy, announced in February, stated that for admission to junior college SSC students best five scores out of the total of six subjects would be counted in calculating the average percent- age.

The state education department has not yet received the notice, said Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary education. But, he added, that the issue should be tackled by the respective boards and the government cannot play a role in that.

"Just like the SSC board has taken a decision to follow the best of five system, the other boards are free to declare their results considering a similar format. But it is for them to decide and change their result format for admission," Kumar said.

An argument that the government will put forth in its affidavit, according to education department sources, is that the best of five policy for college admissions was announced three months back and the petition has been filed only days before the results are to be announced.

Another argument could be that before the government finalised the policy it had asked for suggestions and objections and had held hearings through- out the state. At that time none of the other boards had given any representations against the policy.


VIEW SSC RESULTS LIVE on StudySSCOnlineTM

The SSC results for the State Board of Maharashtra along with the subject-wise marks will be available on www.studyssconline.com from 11am onwards.


SSC scores to be online 1 week before results

Mumbai: Students awaiting their HSC and SSC results will now have the choice of downloading their marks from the website almost a week in advance.

A year after launching the online admission system, the school education department will now put up the scores of HSC and SSC students online and students can download them a week before their results are announced. Students can later collect their marksheets at their convenience.

SSC students awaiting results in the third week of June will get to check their scores in the second week of June on the same site.

Last year, the school education department launched the online admission system, despite stringent criticism from a section of the student community and educational organisations. A year later, downloadable mark sheets are being made available for students to make the admission procedure easier for them.


Simpler online form will ease admission woes

Mumbai: In a bid to avoid the glitches that led to a fiasco during junior college admissions last year, the education department claims to have come up with a better and simpler website fyjc.org.in this year.

The concept of online admission was first introduced in 2008. “Our main purpose was to cut down on paper work for colleges and make life simpler, this will be avoided this year,’’ said Paul Machado, principal of Campion School, Colaba.

City colleges are keen on this system as it reduces the need for manpower. "We are now more familiar with the system. Students can use the dummy format to know more about the application method. There should be no problem this time around," said Marie Fernandes, principal of St. Andrews College, Bandra.

Kiran Mangaonkar, principal of Mithibai College in Vile Parle, said "This year, the onus is on schools to fill the forms and help students and parents. Now that the teachers are trained, there should be no problem," he said.


E-admissions: State clears confusion

If you have just appeared for your class-X board examinations and are confused about online admissions to junior college, the state government has the answers to all your questions. On Monday afternoon, Maharashtra’s education department released a comprehensive booklet about online admissions on its website: www.maharashtra.gov.in

This is the third year that the government will be experimenting with online admissions and the first year for which the process will be completely online.

ATKT Admissions
Admissions for ATKT students will be done after completing the admission process.

Application Form
Students need to fill out only one application form online for either one or two streams. So, for instance, your first preference can be for the commerce stream in College X, while the second preference can be the arts stream in College Y.


Admission goes online for Junior College

The department of school education of Maharashtra has launched a site for admission to the junior colleges in Maharashtra. Students can apply online for admission through http://fyjc.org.in/mumbai

The website will start functioning by June 10.

"Around 700 colleges across the Mumbai have their information on the website," said V.K. Wankhede, deputy director, School Education Department.

"All students will be provided a separate login id through which they will be able to access all the detail about college, number of seats available etc," added Wankhede.

"There will be only online admission. We have issued a GR in this regard. There should be no confusion on this matter now," said Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Minister State School Education.


Seven simple tips to beat exam stress

Its exam time again! The sun is always shining and you are stuck indoors hitting the books, right? Sleepless nights, revision stress and tension, tension, tension! Or are you feeling just too overwhelmed and under pressure to focus?
But dont worry just simply follow these tips on reducing exam stress:

1. Manage time wisely
We insist that you give yourself plenty of time to work on your studies if you want to do well, and you can save yourself a lot of stress if you plan ahead. Set up a study schedule and break up your studies into smaller bits.

2. Dont just worry, take action!
If you dont understand some of your course material, getting stressed out will not help. Instead, take action by referring your notes or asking your classmates to help you understand the problem.

3. Take a break
As soon as you notice you are losing concentration, take a short break. Go for a walk, talk to a friend or just listen to some music. Then you will feel refreshed and able to concentrate on your revision again.

4. Food matters
Eating healthy makes all the difference. Food rich in vitamins and proteins, such as green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, are a must. The nutrients will help your brain stay sharp.

5. Blankety blank?
If your mind goes blank, do not panic. It just makes it harder to recall information. Instead, focus on slow, deep breathing for about one minute. If you still cant remember the information then move on to another question and return to this question later.

6. Play is as important as work
Make sure that you build in time to have fun and relax in between study sessions. Run around the park and be part of some fun and frolic. This will definitely help you stay smart and focused.

7. And finally, stay calm and happy!
We assure that you will succeed with flying colors! All the best!


Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education starts helpline

The helpline (27893756) is operated from the board’s Vashi office between 7 am and 9 pm. Each of the eight divisions of the state board has its own helpline.

Aside from operating a helpline for students, the board has asked schools to counsel students, in the wake of several student suicides since the beginning of the year.


Selection of "Best Five Subjects", gets thumbs up!

The state governments decision on the Best Five subjects policy for admission to junior college has come as a welcome relief to state board schools, parents and students.

The policy states, an SSC student’s average percentage for gaining admission to junior college will be calculated on the basis of the five highest scoring subjects out of six. The mark sheet issued after the results will reflect marks of all six subjects. There will be a separate percentage calculated on the basis of the "Best Five" scheme, which will reflect separately on the sheet.

All the concessions which were applicable to students before — including grace marks, extra marks given to sportspersons, allowed to keep terms (ATKT), schemes for students of special needs will remain the same.