Parents appear more inclined to admit their children in schools that follow the Central Board of Secondary Education pattern because of a growing perception that the schools following the State syllabus lost their exclusivity after the introduction of uniform school education (Samacheer Kalvi).

Matriculation schools are still able to retain their hold since the medium of instruction is in English and students from these schools have secured the State-level ranking. Yet, it is difficult to say for sure if the matriculation schools would continue to enjoy the edge in the event of children from government schools bagging the State-level ranks which is quite a possibility, according to M. Vellaichamy, Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya - 1.

Only the CBSE schools enjoy the exclusivity in terms of syllabi and delivery mechanism, the number of such schools in the region has risen notably. At least 10 to 15 new CBSE schools have come up in the last three or four years, according to a senior official of the Education Department.

For the parents, the dilemma begins once their ward completes class 10.

According to Mr. Vellaichamy, parents need to make a choice. If their concern was about scoring high marks, then the CBSE stream would not meet their aspirations as the system lays much emphasis on co-scholastic activities. Some of the newly-started CBSE schools are in a fix since parents do desire their wards to learn new skills and develop the personality, but hold the schools answerable if the students do not deliver top-notch academic performance alongside. That was a tall order, he said, and laid emphasis on the development of students on a trajectory that gels with their aptitude.

The apprehension about the perceived difficulty to score high marks in CBSE pattern is not necessary as the scores of children this year were on par with their counterparts in State Board, said R.V.S. Muralidhar, Managing Director of Seekers, an institution that trains students for the Joint Entrance Examination that determine their admission to IITs and NITs.

There are a number of students in Tiruchi region who could score above 480 out of 500 this year. A few children have even scored 100 per cent in Mathematics and Science subjects this time. Such performances were rare in the past.

CBSE students took the exams seriously this year since 40 per cent of their board marks was considered for admission to IITs and NITs.

According to Mr. Muralidhar, the choice is clear for the parents. Parents can chose State syllabus if their wards are keen on joining State universities. But if the student nurtures the ambition of getting into an IIT or NIT, then the studying CBSE syllabus would be of help, he added.