As more than two lakh students wait to get into junior college, Class 11 lectures in CBSE and ICSE schools in the city are already underway.
“School is going great. I am in a class of about eight or nine students so get a lot of individual attention from the teachers,” said Harshit Dua, 16, who enrolled at the Jasudben ML School in Khar on June 14.
“We are already halfway through the Class 11 portion. In December, they will start teaching us the Class 12 portion.”
Others, such as Arhana Bose, 15, who had earlier planned to apply to junior college have no regrets about joining school instead.
“Class 12 results are important, and school has a more disciplined atmosphere, so you are more likely to do well,” said the Lilavatibai Podar School student, who has been in the thick of inter school activities alongside schoolwork.
CBSE schools in the city have more to look forward to for their Class 11 students this year, after the Board launched three new subjects media studies, geo-spatial practices and hospitality last week.
“These vocational courses have not been getting their due,” said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School at Santacruz.
The school is offering the media studies course for students and 25 have already signed up.
“We are waiting to find out the details for the course content of the geo spatial practices programme before we offer it,” Bir added.
She said four other schools in the city were also offering media studies. All the new courses will only be available in schools in the metros.
But many schools are still toying with the idea of introducing these courses.
Principals of DAV Public School at Nerul, Apeejay School at Kharghar and Rajhans Vidylaya at Andheri said they would consider the courses for next year.
“We don’t want to start these in a hurry we will have a look at the course content and then decide,” said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal of Rajhans.
For the media studies course, the board has tied up with Whistling Woods International film school and with geo informatics group Rolta India for the geo-spatial practices course.