Two years ago, seeing the Board exam stress on students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) came to a decision of making class X board exam as optional, which then was chosen by only few students in the districts.
Previous exam session witnessed most city school students to have gone for the school-based exam, however, in this current exam session the students seemed to have clung back on to the CBSE board exam pattern. The chief reason for this is the government order which was issued last year that restricts CBSE students who have passed Class X through school-based examination, from applying for class XI through the single window admission system.
This means those students who took school-based exam, and then plans on shifting to state Syllabus in Class XI, will not be able to do so, unless the seats are vacant.
Principal of Cochin Public School, Sathi Mohan informed that now, increasing number of class X students chose to give board exams because they consider school-based exams to be tougher and hard.
However, the choice of picking either of the exams has been solely the decision of Students and Parents. Due to getting offered wider choices, this year schools are witnessing an increasing number of students opting to write in CBSE board exams.
The 50-50 is the ratio of students opting for board exam, informed Principal of Global Public School principal, Indu Panicker.
The CBSE has restated of witnessing no difference in the results of board and school-based examinations, after doing analysis of the data in the last two years.
CBSE is mulling over to write to all the states to recognize and permit school-based examination results for granting admissions to Class XI in state syllabus schools as it is equivalent with the board exams.
On the other hand, officials of education department said that they would prefer their students and CBSE students who have sat in board exams. General education secretary, A. Shajahan, spoke of admitting students who sat in school-based exams only if seats are left vacant.