Not only will the state entrance tests for medical and engineering colleges ensure the state board students don’t opt out of the board after Class 10, but it will also attract those from the other boards, claim experts.
Although the board exam results are yet to be announced, the Mumbai division of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has received applications for eligibility certificates from 14,194 students belonging to other national and private boards. These certificates are issued to students interested in switching to the state board. “Last year, we had issued eligibility certificates to 13,000 students. We have received more applications this year,” said a board official, in-charge of issuing these certificates.
Board officials are also expecting a drop in applications for migration certificates that are issued when a student wishes to opt out of the state board.
Till last year, admissions to engineering colleges were based on the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains scores, which, students believed, were based on non-state board syllabus. Consequently, a large number of engineering and medical aspirants would drop out of the state board after Class 10, to join the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Indian School Certificate (ISC).
“Now that the government has announced MH-CET for admissions to engineering and medical colleges, students will prefer staying with the HSC board. The CET syllabus is now very similar to the HSC syllabus. Only those aspiring for a seat in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) would join the CBSE or ISC board,” said Praveen Tyagi, managing director, Pace Junior Colleges.
“About 45% to 50% of our students are switching to the state board after Class 10. Those who want to appear for all-India exams prefer not to change boards,” said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal, Hansraj Morarji Public School.
The city’s ICSE schools, too, are witnessing a similar trend. “Our ISC enrollment, so far, has not matched last year’s numbers,” said Seema Saini, principal, NL Dalmia School, Mira Road. “While, this could be the effect of the decision to bring back the CET, it is too early to tell.”
On the other hand, some principals said students might not jump the board, as the syllabus for maths and science is uniform across all boards. “The Maharashtra state board syllabus for maths and science was upgraded a couple of years ago, to bring it on a par with the CBSE and ISC,” said Carl
Laurie, principal, Christ Church School, Byculla. “So even if the state entrance tests follow the HSC syllabus, ISC students, too, will be studying the same.”