New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has taken a serious view of schools withholding admit cards of class 10 and 12 students on any pretext, including poor performance in pre-board examinations. The board has written to the heads of all schools affiliated to it, directing them to refrain from doing so.
The warning comes following several complaints received by the apex school body about the withholding of admit cards by certain schools and in some cases charging the fee for their release.
"Several instances of not issuing admit cards by various CBSE affiliated schools on grounds of the performance of students in pre-board tests (conducted by schools internally) have come to the notice of the board. It has also been noted that some schools are charging fees for release of the admit card," CBSE controller of examination KK Chaudhary said in an advisory to schools, reported news agency Press Trust of India.
Mentioning the Rule 15 of 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".
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 board exams for Class 10 and 12 students are set to begin from March 5.
(With PTI inputs)