CBSE schools are becoming more popular among the boards, as more private matriculation schools opt to switch over to the Central Board mode. The popularity and trend is remarkably seen after the Union government made National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical seats compulsory. "After NEET was announced more private matriculation schools are opting to switch over to CBSE in Plus two level," a senior education department official said.
According to official sources, the CBSE has also been striving to offer its best in terms of syllabus and streamline the existing system, as more private schools expressed willingness to switch its board at the plus two level.
Also, students from matriculation schools are eager to change their board to CBSE in the plus two as it would help them with the NEET preparation. So, CBSE board also wanted to aid private schools with proper standard of education that would be useful to students in the long run, an official said on condition of anonimity.
After the revamp of syllabus in Tamilnadu with the introduction of 'Samacheer Kalvi', a uniform system of syllabus in all the state run and aided schools during last few years to integrate various school educational systems within the state, the number of schools offering CBSE pattern of education was increasing steadily, he said.
The official said the objective behind introducing Principal Eligibility Test (PET) was only to ensure that private CBSE schools maintained certain standards.
This, the official pointed out, was not just for the syllabus revamp, but also to maintain good standard of education by appointing good staff at the management level. An eligible principal would definitely produce good and efficient students and students would get the higher education they preferred. Only those who cleared PET would be appointed as principals of the CBSE Private schools,he said.
While giving permission for CBSE schools the board would ensure that standards were not deviated by the schools. The government wanted to ensure that procedures and functioning of private CBSE schools did not have any flaw or led to drop in standards, he said.