Schools can't withhold admit cards, says CBSE

The CBSE board exams for Class X and XII students are set to begin from March 5.

New Delhi: Following complaints, the CBSE has warned schools not to withhold admit cards of Class X and XII students for any reason, including poor performance in pre-board examinations.

The Central Board of Secondary Education received several complaints about schools withholding admit cards and in some cases charging a fee for their release.

Mentioning Rule 15 of the Examination Bye-Laws, the CBSE said, “In no case the heads of affiliated schools shall detain eligible candidates from appearing at the examination. The practice has been viewed very seriously by the board and is violative of the Bye-Laws.”

CBSE controller of examination K.K. Chaudhary said in an advisory to schools, that the performance of students in pre-board tests conducted by schools internally cannot be the reason for not allowing students to sit for the exam.

“It has also been noted that some schools are charging fees for release of the admit card,” the CBSE controller of examination said.

The CBSE board exams for Class X and XII students are set to begin from March 5.

The advisory also stated that the board issues admit cards to only those students which have been sponsored by the schools in their final list of candidates submitted to it.

“Therefore, their eligibility for the exams has already been confirmed by the school and hence their admit cards cannot be withheld. The schools also cannot charge any fee for issuing admit cards,” it said.

The CBSE had earlier started its pre-examination psychological counselling for students and parents as a part of an outreach programme for board aspirants to address exam related psychological problems.

It is the 21st consecutive year of the CBSE providing psychological counselling services to students at the time of preparation as well as during the examinations to overcome exam related stress.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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