Ahmedabad: The steadily reducing number of English medium students down to a cipher this year, in the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board merit list has caused several parents and students to think of alternate boards to brighten career options.
Arjav Thakkar, who scored 94.31 per cent in class X and missed a place in the state merit list by a few marks in the results declared on Thursday, said that he felt “cheated”. “If this continues, English medium students will opt to study in Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE),” said Thakkar about the biased results.
While another parent Jiten Desai, said, “The absence of English medium students in the list of toppers should finally be noticed. It is high time the education board officials realise this otherwise parents like me will not mind shifting our children to CBSE.” Desai’s daughter Gati, is a student of GNFC School in Bharuch and stood sixth in her city at 93.69 per cent.
Leave parents alone, various schools in the city are planning to shift to CBSE. Gautam Choksi, trustee of Udgam School has decided to opt for CBSE this year onwards. “I believe, the students of Gujarat will get a double benefit. Firstly, all students will have the option of AIEEE open for them. Secondly, that all the national competitive exams are based on the CBSE syllabus.”
Architect and interior designer Ami Modi feels there is a definite bias. Her son, Rohan, studies in the CBSE-affiliated Prakash School. “We have this distinct feeling that English medium students do not score as high as their Gujarati counterparts in Gujarat Boards. It is for this reason that we chose to admit our son in a CBSE school.”
The entire primary wing of St Kabir School, Drive-In branch shifted to CBSE board. Pragnya Pandya, principal of St Kabir School said, “The reason is better syllabus of CBSE, which makes students more competitive. CBSE students even stand a better chance in national competitive exams”.
At least a 100 schools have applied for affiliation to CBSE boards of which 35 are expected to begin from this academic year. Schools in Ahmedabad that have got approval for CBSE are Amrita Vidyalayam and Nirman High School, Vastrapur, Satvavikas School on SG Highway and Udgam School for Children.
Reference,Times of India, Ahmedabad, Date 6th June 7, 2009