With NEET in mind, fewer Mumbai students switch to Maharashtra board
Mumbai city news: Earlier, students used to switch to the state board after class 10 as MH-CET was based on the HSC syllabusmumbai Updated: Jun 15, 2017 13:41 IST
After the abolition of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) for medical admissions, the state board’s Higher Secondary Certificate is losing popularity among engineering and medical aspirants, said city schools. Earlier, students from national school boards, such as CBSE and ICSE, used to switch to state board after class 10 as MH-CET was based on the HSC syllabus. But the trend is changing now.
A majority among the city’s high scorers in the class 10 CBSE and ICSE exams are sticking to their own board for class 11 and 12.
Since last year, only NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) is considered for medical admissions, while engineering is based on MH-CET and JEE (Joint Entrance Examination). “I will continue my studies in science stream from my school itself; they have a good faculty,” said Harshika Jain, who scored 95% in CBSE, class 10 from Ryan International School, Kandivili.
Now, most students prefer CBSE over ISC, said colleges because the syllabi for both the competitive exams is largely based on it. “We see an increase in applications for CBSE class 11 and 12. Many students from ICSE are also approaching us for admissions,” said says Suman Samarth, headmistress of RN Podar School,Santacruz.
She added, “Mumbai students used to switch to junior colleges because they wanted to experience college life. But such cases are reducing these days as Mumbai seems to be following in Delhi’s footsteps.”
On the other hand, students are interested in pursuing integrated courses, which prepare them for cracking various entrance exams from class 11. “I am planning to join integrated course through Pace Junior Science College and focus more on JEE entrances,” says Aryan Khurana 99%, CBSE, Delhi Public School,Nerul
According to Deepshikha Srivastava, principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri, students who want to appear for MH-CET, join the state board for the similar syllabus. Mehek Dedhia, who scored 97.2% in ICSE 10th from Lilavatibai Podar High School, Santacruz, said that she prefers HSC board. “I will opt for science stream and study in HSC as I feel it will give me more time for extra-curricular activities and help me focus more on competitive exams,” she said.
‘Sobo college forced us to opt for maths’
Seven students of a south Mumbai college complained to the state’s education department on Wednesday that the institute forced them to opt for maths in class 12. They are among the 299 students, who were pulled up by the state board for appearing for mathematics in HSC exam, even after studying easy maths in class 10.
“I wanted to study psychology but the college enrolled me for maths. Teachers were rude when I said I don’t want maths,” said one of the students in the email sent to the board.
“We don’t let science students take up psychology in class 11. It is only offered only if they can’t cope with maths,” said the college principal