For parents whose children are writing the Class X exams, there is another big decision that challenges them. Which stream of study path should they choose? The choice is between ICE, CBSE or the State Boards. It is natural for parents to feel that they should give their wards the best possible shot at the entrance exams. Almost all professional and competitive courses have entrance exams. Those who administer the entrance exams base their questions on the central board syllabus. Although almost all state boards make sure that their state syllabus is comparable to the central board as they would not like students writing the entrance tests from their respective state to lose out.
So, how do parents decide which stream the students should study for their 11th and 12th grades?
A very pertinent point here is, it is quite easy for students to pass in these three streams. Though there are many students who get 80% and above in all the three streams, those students who get such high scores in CBSE and ICE boards, their high scores have more value than the state boards because of the evaluation standards that they have in place.
Let us look at the state boards first. As mentioned before, states make sure that their syllabus covers all those chapters that they central board covers. There is no radical difference between the two. What is different is the evaluation. Students who write the state board exams come from all backgrounds like urban, rural, semi rural, many of them are probably first generation students, the evaluation parameters are easy. This policy allows the intelligent students to study less and get better marks.
When it comes to CBSE or ICE boards, the situation is different. Students studying in schools that are affiliated to these boards are from better economical and educational background. The pattern of exam papers is such that students have to study the syllabus thoroughly to do well. Again the answer to this question depends on your child. These are factors to consider which will help you take a decision:
- If your child is flexible, adaptive, then moving from one stream to the other is not a problem. For those students who enjoying studying, it is not a problem.
- Not all students like to study. They may enjoy other pursuits at that stage which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not going to do well later in life.
- There are some students who have not yet become mature enough to handle any major changes. Some students get maturity at 14, some at 16 or some at 20. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with any of them. However, a child who gets maturity at 20 should not be forced to handle challenges like syllabus change or major career decisions as they can not handle them well.
- It is perfectly all right for your children not to know what they would like to do in their life at 15. There are very few who are fortunate enough to have a passion or a goal that young. Most find their calling in life along the way. Please don’t put pressure on your children to take a decision at 15.
After all, all of us who are working are aware that success depends on many other skills than just academic skills.