RBSE turns 60; A look at board’s achievements and shortcomings

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RBSE’s Logo.

Rajasthan Board of Secondary education (RBSE) has completed its 60 years in the field of education. Founded in 1957 on December 4th, in Jaipur, RBSE was introduced to give more emphasis to the students of Rajasthan. Time by time, many changes and alterations have been done in the state board to make the education effective among the students of Rajasthan.

The state board has achieved the feat to attract a mass of students to join RBSE. In 1958, there were only 2,093 students to appear in Class 12th board while this figure in 2016 reached 7,91,960 just for class 12. This clearly shows that students are getting more interested in the state board. Also in the class 10th board, the number of students appeared has increased almost 10 times from the year 1970.

It is not only the number of students that has increased from the early 20s but also the number of passing students in the exam has also increased significantly. Till 2000, the passing percentage of RBSE used remain below or around 50. But with the introduction of new policies and teaching methods, the board result has shown great improvement. The highest passing percentage of students in class 10th board result was recorded in 2015 i.e. 78.09% while this year this figure has decreased to 75.88%.

Despite the improvement in the quality of education in Rajasthan, students after class used to choose CBSE over RBSE. The main reason explained behind this is due to the preparation of competitive exam. After class 10th, students start deciding their areas of interest in which they want to pursue their career. So, they usually take a shift of course from RBSE to CBSE.

Since, India’s biggest entrance exam to enter into engineering and medical course are conducted by CBSE i.e. NEET (earlier AIPMT) and JEE Mains and Advanced, students think that opting CBSE would help in these exams. Somewhat, this is true that the syllabus of CBSE eases students’ preparation for entrance exams and here RBSE fails to attract students to some extent.

The board holds affiliation to around 6000 schools (as per 2000 report), with close to 8.5 lakh enrollments. Since then, the number of students as well as schools have increased much more.

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