Class 10, 12 NIOS students in TN can get equivalency certificates

Accordingly, DEOs themselves can give the equivalency certificate to students who completed Class 10 and 12 for higher studies, the circular stated.
NIOS
NIOS

COIMBATORE: The school education department has ordered all chief educational officers to provide equivalency certificates to National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) students through District Educational Officers (DEOs) so that their college admission is ensured.

Citing a 2018 government letter, school education department director G Arivoli stated in a May 21 circular that NIOS certificate courses of Class 10 and 12 cannot be recognised for appointment/promotion in public service in Tamil Nadu; however, the same may be considered for pursuing higher education.

Accordingly, DEOs themselves can give the equivalency certificate to students who completed Class 10 and 12 for higher studies, the circular stated.

This circular ordering the CEOs to follow the given direction was sent to them after TNIE published a story on May 18 stating that colleges in Coimbatore disregard rules and refused admission to NIOS students citing lack of equivalence certificates and other reasons.

According to the story, a student had claimed that private arts and science colleges asked for the equivalency certificate from the district school education department for admission. The student also said that the officers of the school education department refused to provide an equivalency certificate claiming they are not authorised to do so.

When contacted, school education director Arivoli told TNIE, “As per the 21st equivalence committee meeting held on August 2023, the academic programme for NIOS Class 10 and 12 certificates is not equivalent to that of Class 10 and 12 certificates issued by the boards of the government of Tamil Nadu for purposes of employment in public service/promotion.

He, however, said that when NIOS students ask for an equivalence certificate from the DEOs for pursuing higher education, they must provide it after verification. Students can complain to the school education department directly if DEOs do not provide the equivalency certificate and they will face departmental action, warned Arivoli.

An officer from an NIOS coaching centre in Coimbatore welcomed the directive to officers to give equivalency certificates to NIOS students.

“Although there is no need to submit equivalency certificates for admission as per norms some colleges demand it from students. Hence, the higher education department should give necessary instruction about admission of NIOS students through universities,” he said.

Related Stories

No stories found.

X
The New Indian Express
www.newindianexpress.com