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After four rounds of online admission to junior colleges in Mumbai, students from ICSE schools have a higher success percentage than CBSE, SSC and IGCSE students as far as securing admission goes. While 57.96% of ICSE students who applied for admission have secured provisional admission, 51.21% of CBSE students have done so, while the figure stands at 46.48% for SSC students.
Only one International Baccalaureate (IB) student, who applied for admission online this year, has got admission. Students from other boards such as National Institute of Open Schooling and IGCSE have been less successful - with only 28.89% of NIOS students securing admission and 39.09% of IGCSE students. These percentages are on the basis of the latest data provided by the education department on students who secured admission, not on the basis of those who were allocated seats. "More ICSE students might have done better in the exams as compared to SSC students," said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew's College in Bandra. "Their schools have smaller classes, better facilities and higher fees so these students end up doing better." There was no data available on the board-wise break up for individual colleges, so students might not necessarily have got admission where they wanted. "First, the pool of ICSE students is small, so it might be easier to allot them," said Jyoti Thakur, head of junior college at Jai Hind at Churchgate. "Second, these students might have been allotted seats, but are they happy with those allocations? So many are coming to us disgruntled about the colleges that they have got," she added. For the past three years, students from the ICSE board have taken the government to court on what they thought were unfair junior college admission policies. State board students, on the other hand, have been aggrieved over the past several years that ICSE students secure higher marks and make it to all the coveted colleges.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
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