Maharashtra: 65% surveyed students ready for CET for Class XI admission

MUMBAI: Sixty-five per cent Class X students in the state want a common entrance test (CET) for admission to Class XI while 83% schools say they are ready for internal evaluation.

These results are part of a survey undertaken by the state to arrive at a methodology to score Class X students across boards as their exams were cancelled last month. The survey was to end on Tuesday midnight. Till late in the evening, close to 2 lakh of the 3.1 lakh students across 36 districts who participated in it said they wanted a CET. Meanwhile, as many as 17,487 of the 21,110 schools said they were ready to carry out internal evaluation.

Education experts, though, say the survey so far is not indicative of what the majority of students or schools want. Of the more than 17 lakh Class X students, just 3 lakh have taken part in the survey. “Students who have taken the survey may be from urban areas. Those in rural areas may not be ready for CET,” said Shubhada Arole, principal, Dr M G Parulekar school, Vasai. Arole said while the school is in favour of CET, it is also ready to evaluate students internally.


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The maximum feedback came from Mumbai students (58,250), followed by those in Pune (29,376) and Thane (29,209). A total of 1.1 lakh students took part in the survey from Mumbai division, which also includes Thane, Raigad and Palghar.

State board students have ensured the maximum participation in the survey at 2.8 lakh or 92%, followed by those from CBSE 9,344 and CICSE 6,261.

Vikas Garad, joint director, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Pune, which is conducting the survey, said while students have responded positively to CET, more numbers are needed to get a clearer picture.

In the internal evaluation of students, Pune schools (1,951) have done better than Mumbai (1,862). In the entire MMR, including Mumbai, 4,696 schools have so far submitted details of internal assessment. Dr Uma Shankar, principal, SIES College, Matunga, suggested round-the-year class evaluation can be the basis to score students.

The state appears to be keen on a CET as they fear huge inflation of marks across boards, said an official. Schools, too, have started preparing students for CET. “Our teachers have been told to ready students with multiple-choice questions,” said the principal of a Kandivli school.

Students, though, are worried the 100-mark CET may carry questions of all subjects. “The CET should be based on maths and science questions,” said a Goregaon school principal. Class XII students spend over a year preparing for the state CET for engineering and agriculture courses, he said, adding students need to prepare well. The principal of an Andheri school said, “MCQs are based on the application of concepts and theorems. Students have been studying lengthy answers. Applying these in CET will be tough.”

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