The state government had earlier declared an entrance test for admissions to first year junior college (FYJC, Std XI) and principals said a similar test is needed for graduate courses too.
Stream-wise results give a rosy picture, as the success rate in science, arts, commerce and HCVC streams for the division stand at 99.73%, 99.75%, 99.91% and 99.21% respectively.
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While Pune district scored a pass percentage of 99.72%, within the city limits, Pimpri Chinchwad Municpal Corporation area scored the highest success rate of 99.86% followed by Pune city east at 99.81% and Pune city west at 99.79% respectively.
Medha Sinnarkar, principal at Laxmanrao Apte Prashala, said the internal marking has actually helped students to get better marks. “If we consider English subjects, most students in humanities or vocational education streams would find it tough and fail in the subject. It was never a big problem for commerce or science students. Hence, the internal assessment method has actually helped the students do well in English across the streams,” she said.
Seema Purohit, principal of BMCC, said, “The entrance examination for admission to senior college should also be held as it will give a common platform for students to compete which will be fair to all. If the entrance test is held, everyone will be able to come on a common platform and there can be a fair competition.”
Hrishikesh Soman, principal of the Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, said an entrance examination is required if one looks at the quality but it is not practical to conduct such an exam at an individual college level.
However, Gulshan Gidwani, former principal of St Mira’s College, said an entrance exam is not necessary. “Exams test inadequately whether board exams or entrance exams. We test the ability to memorise and produce it. Why add more of an inadequate thing just to add to the stress of students and make those who score more feel they are better than others,” she said.