The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced its Class 12 results on Wednesday in three regions, including Mumbai.
Though the board offers all three streams — science, commerce and arts — there seems to be no demand for arts in Mumbai.
Only one of the 42 CBSE schools in the city, Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 at Colaba, offers arts. Its student, Vandana Saini, scored 86.2 per cent.
In Mumbai, 2,683 students took the CBSE Class 12 examination, but these included very few arts students. “There is no demand for the arts stream in CBSE; the maximum demand is for science, which is why only one of the Kendriya Vidyalayas offers the arts option,” said P.R.L. Gupta, assistant commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Mumbai Region.
At R.N. Podar School at Santacruz, arts was not offered last year because of low demand. “Children who want to pursue arts prefer junior colleges. CBSE students’ first preference is science and then commerce, though the arts curriculum is very comprehensive. We even offer a combination of streams,” said Podar principal Avnita Bir.
Students reason that CBSE is a tough course and is best suited for science. “The perception is that if you want to join an Indian Institute of Technology, join CBSE Class 12. Even commerce is popular, but for arts it just does not figure in the list,” said Anjali Shekar, a student.