In Mumbai, less than 6% of CBSE students across the state have opted for school-based Class X exams this year, mostly out of fear of not being able to apply to junior colleges in the state. From Saturday, thousands of CBSE students will appear for their Class X and Class XII board exams.
Last year, 13% students in Mumbai had opted for school exams. “But this year, not a single student has taken the option; everyone will appear for board exams. This is the first time since the option was introduced that our students have not opted for school-based exam,” said Avnita Bir, principal, R N Podar High School, Santa Cruz.
The Central Board of Secondary Examinations (CBSE) had first introduced school-based exams in 2011 to lower the stress associated with board exams. Close to 40% students in the state and Mumbai had opted for them that year. Three years later, the figure stands at 5.8%.
“It is a beautiful initiative by the CBSE board but Maharashtra state board has ruined it for our students. Since students who appear for school-based exams cannot apply to state junior colleges, most students prefer board exams now,” said Deepshikha Srivastav, principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri (West). CBSE Class X and XII exams begin on Saturday.
Source : CBSE, New Delhi