VIJAYAWADA: Managements of private colleges had their say and ensured there was no jumbling system for intermediate practical exams for the current academic year.
Education minister Ganta Srinivas Rao, on Monday night, categorically stated that there would not be jumbling system for intermediate practical exams for the current academic year but will be implemented from next academic year onwards.
Minister’s statement came as a relief for scores of students, who were getting prepared for agitations, despite the practical exams being scheduled to start from February 4 onwards under jumbling system.
Till Monday morning, uncertainty continued over the jumbling system for intermediate practical exams with the state government undecided over the issue. Recently, when some representatives of private colleges, which have been opposing the jumbling system, met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday, who was initially reluctant to listen to their request stating he wanted to change the education system and for it tough measures were needed.
However, when they had reasoned that jumbling system would put the students of the state at disadvantage during competitive exams like IIT-JEE, EAMCET etc, where marks in intermediate were given weightage. They said jumbling system would affect their marks, as some colleges might not have the needed infrastructure to conduct the exam.
Though appearing not convinced with their reasoning, the Chief Minister said he would look into the matter and left it at that. It seems, education minister Ganta Srinivas Rao, who had taken the feedback from the Board of Intermediate officials across the state on the issue, had convinced the CM to continue with non-jumbling system for intermediate practical exams for the current academic year, before his announcement.
The protests across the state by students from private colleges and their parents opposing the jumbling system had also influenced the government’s decision on the ‘jumbling system’.