In Tamil Nadu, the number of CBSE schools got more than doubled in the last five years. The schools registered with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have reached to the number 580 than it was around 250 in the year 2010.
The main reason behind the increasing numbers is the implementation of the Samacheer Kalvi syllabus, under the Tamil Nadu Education Act, 2010, that aimed at providing uniform education in state board, matriculation, oriental and Anglo Indian schools in the state.
C S Manoharan, president of CBSE Schools Management Association of the state said, "The Samacheer Kalvi syllabus was not on as par the matriculation syllabus. Schools found CBSE as the best option when it comes to a higher standard education.”
Parents were also unhappy with the standard of the Samacheer Kalvi syllabus and felt it was too easy, so many of the [parents opted to move their children to CBSE schools.
Another reason for the increase in number of CBSE schools in the state is the combined IIT-JEE programmes offered by the schools.
Uma Gopalakrishnan, an educational consultant based in Chennai said, “CBSE schools prepare the students to study outside Tamil Nadu and for competitive exams irrespective of the Samacheer Kalvi syllabus that is a complete examination methodology".