The enthusiastic participation of schools in SGAI from different parts of the country and abroad is sincerely appreciated. Around 4, 00,000 students have so far opted for CBSE-SGAI in the last three years worldwide. It is worth mentioning that in addition to CBSE schools, the Himachal Board of Higher Education also introduced CBSE SGAI for its students of Class X.
The sustained strength of participation of schools in SGAI not only signifies its usefulness but also highlights the need for such initiatives in our country. A survey of CBSE schools revealed that out of those which responded, 88 per cent relied on CBSE SGAI for aptitude testing.
As per the feedbacks received on CBSE SGAI, many schools and members of the public have
strongly suggested that CBSE should make this assessment mandatory.
The motive of SGAI is to initiate a dialogue on the decision making of academic choices among various stakeholders besides empowering a student which becomes more significant in Indian context where subject choices of a student are very often dictated by parents' expectations, peer pressure, social prestige and many other external factors.
So far, SGAI advocacy was limited to participant schools and class X students. However, it is the considered opinion that Aptitude testing should be made an integral part of the school system and to make it more inclusive, the sensitisation and advocacy of SGAI should start in class IX itself for parents and students.
In the past, Board had arranged a number of SGAI orientation programmes in schools and trained more than a thousand strong school counsellors and teachers.
For the purpose of facilitation, this year also, the advocacy material has been prepared in the form of Power Point Presentation, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Teacher's Manual of Activities and Posters which will be sent to each school via e-mail.
Consequently, a few important changes have been made in the Fourth edition of SGAI which are as following-
1. The Fourth edition of SGAI will be held in the month of November 2013 instead of January2014. The purpose behind this rescheduling is to provide students their assessment reports well ahead of their entry into class XI.
2. No separate registration for SGAI will be done this year.
3. The registration process for the SGAI has also been changed to avoid multiplicity and duplication for schools.
4. The SGAI registration has been clubbed with the Online List Of Candidates (LOC) of Class X students for academic session 2013-14. Schools may register students for SGAI on payment of 100 per student.
5. The schools have the option to register students for SGAI Fourth edition till 30th September 2013 but not later than 15th October 2013. There is no late fee for SGAI.
6. The detailed information regarding this is separately available on CBSE website.