Kolkata: Humanities students have topped the country in ISC and CBSE, but in the state board it’s science candidates who dominate the merit list.
In ISC, Ananya Maity from The Heritage School secured the first rank with 99.5% and Raksha Gopal from CBSE secured a near-perfect 99.6% — both are from humanities. On the other hand, the merit list published by West Bengal Higher Secondary Council shows a predomination of science-stream students — a trend that may put HS students seeking admissions to general degree undergraduate courses a step behind the students from central boards.
According to Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of Council for Indian School Certificate Examination , earlier humanities subjects were not taken seriously. “Today, subjects like psychology, sociology can do wonders. At the universities abroad, science students are encouraged to study humanities subjects as well,” said Arathoon.
Principal of a school affiliated to CBSE said, “Parents in Bengal want their children to follow traditional streams and then want them to become doctors or engineers. But in case of central boards, parents are selecting opportunities which were earlier unavailable.”
Sujoy Biswas, principal of Rammohan Mission School, asked, “How many students, despite securing brilliant marks in the state, opt for humanities courses in plus two?” Nabarun De, principal of Central Modern School at Baranagar, said, “Now, students in our boards know that there can be a profession beyond traditional subjects.”
“The proportion of subjective questions in HS board is much higher. Though HS Council has introduced multiple choice questions, subjective questions still remain in large proportion. Whenever subjective factor is involved in a question paper, variation of marks in humanities subjects are the highest since there’s a lot of scope of judgment during evaluation,” said Debashis Sarkar, principal of Chandannagar College and ex-secretary of HS…