CHENNAI: Having built a foundation by studying CBSE syllabus till Class 10, a good number of parents say they are considering shifting their wards to State board where they have chance to score better.
Also, this still being the uncertain times for medical admission in view of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, some fear that the national test could be mandatory for students of CBSE while those from State board go through a different admission process.
According to Minoo Agarwal, the principal of DAV Public School, Velachery, many students are changing to State board in order to score well. “They find CBSE syllabus vast. There are many who find the concept-based pattern difficult,” she said.
Roshmi Paul, English teacher at Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram said many students want to shift after Class 10 till when it like semester system – CCE (Continuous and comprehensive evaluation). “But in classes XI and XII there won’t be any semester system, the syllabus would be vast and more application based. So students feel that they can score well in State board which is more text based.”
Deepa, a parent who is shifting her son to State board said NEET was a big reason – she fears he might have to sit for the test if he is in CBSE system. Marks is another reason. “In CBSE board, one would gather knowledge. But when it comes to college admission, the marks he would get in CBSE won’t stand up against State board student’s marks,” she said.
Lathika Prem Kumar and A Anukavitha said their parents wanted to shift them for fear of NEET, believing that State board students may not have to write the test. “They feel NEET is an unnecessary headache,” said Lathika.
Another student, Amarish Ram who scored 9 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) feels maths is difficult in CBSE.
“I need to score high to pursue MS from Alabama University,” he explained why he wanted to shift to State board.
There are a few with differing opinions too. Dr Rajapriya Ayyappan, doctor and mother of an aspiring doctor said her daughter wanted continue in the same school. “A student cannot be a doctor by rote learning. CBSE ‘s application-based system is a better way of judging the students.”
Her daughter Sagarika who scored 9.8 CGPA said that she wanted to learn and know more and score more marks. “I was very happy as I wrote what I knew and not from the book,” she said.