They are asking students to appear for the board's attitude assessment test. Based on the test results, as well as grades in standard X exams, students are advised about the subjects they can opt for in standard XI. "We encourage all standard X students to take the test as it helps students understand their aptitude and interest.
Based on the results, we give students the subject option in standard XI. However, if a parent and student feel that they should be admitted to a particular stream and they have the grades, then we don't object," said Al Ameen Public School principal Saroja Sahadevan.
CBSE claims that their aptitude testing is student-friendly, universally accepted and a reliable predictor of future scholastic achievements. The board has sent a circular to all CBSE schools asking students to register for Student's global aptitude index (SGAI) - 2013.
To know about this aptitude test click on CBSE SGAI 2013 NOTIFICATION/ TEST DETAILS.
"The secondary stage becomes the most defining phase in the school spectrum as it influences higher studies and career choices later in life.
More often than not, it is seen that the choice of subjects is determined by the marks as also by the parental, peer pressure or the role models. In an ideal situation a child should be allowed to choose subjects based on his aptitude and interest," the circular states.
SGAI is a psychological tool of assessment which aims to empower adolescents with "self-knowledge" in terms of their aptitude, interest and personality. Moreover, as the circular makes clear, the CBSE SGAI unlike conventional aptitude tests, which indicate professional orientations, "attempts to indicate subject orientations at Plus 2 level". Not least, the new test is customized to suit the Indian context.
"The test gives an idea to the parents, school and students about the course that they can opt for. Some students are very clear about their subject choices in standard XI. But those students who are confused about which subject to opt for, we ask them to appear for the test," said confederation of Kerala Sahodaya complexes president K Unnikrishnan.