The students said they did not have the textbooks to prepare for the exam and their process would start with purchasing the books if they were to appear for the exam. Students also said the state board should announce a proper module based on which the questions in the entrance test would be conducted. The state board students will have an upper hand against non-state board students, school teachers felt.
Arnika Sheth, a CBSE student of Std X, said, “There has to be some uniformity in conducting the exams. The board has academic experts and they can mix and match syllabus or use NCERT books for framing the entrance exam questions. It is not fair to the non-state board students.”
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Kaushal Thakre, another CBSE class X student, said, the aim of the entrance exam is to bring all students at par. “But, this exam looks very biased as the state government has already declared that the exam will be the basis of the SSC syllabus. There is no parity . I might as well take admission in my own school,” he said
Many students from other boards have already confirmed their admissions in their schools for the junior college .
A school principal said, “The schools that have junior colleges have already started confirming admissions and many students have also paid the fees. The entrance exam decision has not gone down too well with these students so they preferred to continue with their schools. I fear the number of students migrating to state board junior colleges from CBSE, ICSE and other boards will be lesser compared to the previous years.”
Anandita Banerjee, a parent of Std X ICSE student, said, “We decided to confirm the admission for our son in the same school he was studying in as the process for the state board admissions will take very long. Their results will be declared after one month and post that the process will be scheduled. His school will begin classes in a few days.”
Another parent, Rashmi Kale, said her son was studying in an ICSE school in the city and the school had conducted an entrance test for Std XI admissions based on the same syllabus he had studied in Std X. “If he decides to shift to the state board college he will have to undergo the hassle of studying SSC syllabus and he is in no mood. So it was best to confirm the admissions with the school because its time saving and online everywhere,” she said.