On Thursday, the Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray has said that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has agreed to reinstate the internal assessment marks of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) students from this academic year.
According to DNA, Aaditya Thackeray held a meeting with Fadnavis on late Wednesday night regarding the issue. “We sought to restore internal marks for SSC students from this year. Earlier, students were given two hours to solve papers with 80 marks and the same time was given when the marks were increased to 100,” Aaditya told the leading daily. Last year, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) had changed the examination pattern and done away with the 20 internal marks given to students. The system existed between 2008 and 2018.
Talking to reporters here, Aaditya said Fadnavis has also agreed to make special provision for more seats/division in colleges only for this year to accommodate SSC students, who otherwise wouldn't get admissions due to the "fiasco" of scrapping of internal marks. He said he also discussed with the chief minister the implementation of drought relief measures and steps to provide relief to women farm labourers and students.
On the other hand, Aaditya remained tight-lipped on speculations that he may be the first from the Thackeray family to enter electoral politics by contesting the state assembly polls from Mumbai, saying he would respond at an appropriate time. "More than my personal political career, issues concerning students and farmers are more important. I would again meet the CM when the monsoon session begins next week," he said.