The number of students choosing schools offering Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus has increased in the last three years.

According to schools, more parents are thronging CBSE institutions for admission of their wards after the introduction of Samacheer Kalvi in State Board.

“I felt the portions in all the subjects are diluted in Samacheer Kalvi. It will be of no help to my son when he will appear for competitive examinations,” R. Murthy, who enrolled his son for Class XI in a CBSE school this year, said.

A teacher in a matriculation school here said that the syllabus under Samacheer Kalvi is very simple for students.

“Some of our students, who had scored good marks, said they found JEE difficult this year. We are concerned about their future. The Samacheer Kalvi syllabus should be revised and made on a par with CBSE,” the teacher said.

She also added that more students from her school are shifting to CBSE schools in the past three years.

C. Muthiah, Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Narimedu, told The Hindu on Saturday that around 30 per cent of the students who had approached the school for admission had to be turned away because there were no seats available.

He noted that the demand for admission to Class XI had particularly increased. “Until a few years ago, we had around 25 students in each of the two sections under Science stream in Class XI and only around five students for humanities,” he said.

“This year, however, there is full strength — 45 students in each of the two sections under Science stream. We have 30 students taking up humanities this year for the first time ever,” he added.

According to him, more than 300 matriculation schools in the State are waiting for CBSE board approval to switch over from matriculation to CBSE. “Most of the competitive examinations are based on CBSE syllabus. Students from other States find it difficult to learn Tamil which is compulsory under Samacheer Kalvi system. This is one of the reasons for demand in CBSE,” he concluded.

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