CBSE students move to State Board in search of extra marks

After witnessing a massive rise in students moving from CBSE to State Higher Secondary Board in Kerala last year, the trend seems to have gone too far this year. The number of students who appeared for class X exams under CBSE and took admission in state board schools rose to 50 percent, the report says.

The students are moving to State Board for scoring extra marks only and not for the quality education

Out of an estimated 70,020 students in Thiruvananthapuram region, who have given CBSE board exam this year, a staggering amount of 35,081 students have applied for admission in Schools under State Higher Secondary Board.

It is learnt that the students who appear for State Secondary Board tend to score more marks than the students who opt for CBSE Board, which help them to take admission in undergraduate courses easily. Also, the fees in private schools being higher than government schools make it more miserable for CBSE students.

The principals of CBSE schools were full of envy towards state board schools, saying that the students migrating to state boards is because of the extra marks that are being given and not because of the quality of education that is given to them. Those who appear for state board exams apparently score 5% to 10% extra than the ones who appear for CBSE. And, that eventually makes it easier for the former to get admission in good colleges for undergraduate programmes.

“Students who score fewer marks in CBSE move to state board as they will easily score more in class XII. But this trend won’t last,” said Kerala CBSE School Management Association president TPM Ibrahim Khan.

Having said that, over the years, there has been a steep rise in number of students migrating from CBSE Board to State Board. From 20,106 in 2011-12, the number went to 30,928 in 2013-14.

“The migration rate from CBSE schools to state board in Class XI is high this year. This indicates the high quality of education in state syllabus schools,” said K Mohana Kumar, joint director (examination), directorate of higher secondary education.

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