KOCHI: In spite of the assurances given by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on the results of both board-based and school-based exams being same, still the board-based exams come out to be the first preference for the class X CBSE students.
This year again, an increasing number of class X CBSE students in the city are going to appear for board-based exam rather than the school-based exams.
Alphonsa P J, principal of Assisi Vidyaniketan, Vypeen, said that this year all the Class X students in their school had opted for board-based exam.
The obvious reason for this choice is that most of the students are afraid of not getting admissions in state board schools in Class XI if they opt for the school-based exam. Also, there are perceptions like it is easier to score marks in the school based exams so they are meant for academically weak students only.
In order to encourage students to opt for the school-based exam, the board, after analyzing data of both the board-based as well as school-based exams for last two years, said that it doesn’t find any difference in the results of both. But most of the schools suggest that their students do opt for the board-based exams as the schools following the state syllabus give preference to those students who have taken the board-based exam when they apply for admission in Class XI.
D Dharmadhikari, CBSE regional officer, Thiruvananthapuram, said, "About 90% of the students across the whole state, have opted for the board-based exams in Class X this year.”