CBSE affiliation to discontinue : In an effort to enhance students’ chances of gaining admission to top colleges through the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (CET), the Directorate of Minorities in Karnataka has proposed discontinuing CBSE affiliation for class 11 and 12 students studying at Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Residential schools. The proposal comes in response to requests from students and parents who believe that studying under the state curriculum (Pre University course or PUC) would provide better opportunities for admission to educational institutions within the state.
The Proposal of Discontinuation of CBSE
The proposal to discontinue CBSE affiliation was made because students and parents felt that the state curriculum would better prepare students and improve their chances of admission. They believe that the difficulty level of the question papers in the state curriculum is easier and more moderate compared to CBSE, and therefore, students can perform better under the state curriculum. It is important to note that both CBSE and the state curriculum are based on the NCERT syllabus.
This proposal applies to the 16 residential schools out of the total 29, which consist of over 900 students in classes 11 and 12. However, CBSE affiliation will continue for classes 6 to 10 in the other schools. According to officials from the minorities department, students studying the state curriculum are expected to score 10-15% higher in the PUC examination compared to the CBSE examination. As CET considers PUC marks, this gives students an edge and improves their chances of securing admission to better higher education institutions within Karnataka.
Despite the proposed discontinuation of CBSE affiliation, the minorities department will continue to provide training to students for national-level competitive examinations. Regular teachers are being trained by experts from institutions like IISc Bengaluru and Azim Premji University to enhance the learning capabilities of minority school students, particularly in science and mathematics, to help them perform better in national-level competitive examinations.
It’s important to note that the proposed discontinuation of the affiliation and the shift to the state curriculum is currently under review by the state government, and further decisions will be made based on their assessment of the proposal.
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