Students of class X of 35 Pune schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE),requested in September by the board to choose between the school or the board examinations as per the new CBSE rule of making board exam optional for Class X,have tilted the balance in favour of the board.
The majority want board examinations as they feel that otherwise,students would be confined to CBSE-affiliated junior colleges after Class X.
The board examination will keep options of getting admission to junior colleges of other boards such as HSC open. Most students opted for board instead of school exam that will confine admission to CBSE-affiliated junior college (Class XI and XII), said Nirmala Tambe,president of Sahoday School Complex,Pune,a consortium of 35 CBSE schools and principal of Army School,Khadki.
Tambe said there was also confusion about the new evaluation system introduced by CBSE,to be implemented this year. The new system says grades would be awarded instead of marks. It says board-conducted examination should be optional for Cass X. said Tambe.
The parent of one student said board exams were preferred for the simple reason that all doors will be open. We,still do not know what the purpose of school-conducted exams are as no one will want to limit their options to CBSE junior colleges. Moreover,the school-conducted exams will have different levels of difficulty in different schools,so there will be different parameters, he said.
In a city like Pune,there are many junior colleges under the HSC for which many seek admission. But if they opt for school-exam in class X,they feel they might not get admitted to these colleges since the latter admits students on the basis of board marks and not grades, said Jayashree Venkatraman,secretary,Sahoday School Complex,Pune and principal,DAV School.