Muscat: Nearly 1,200 students from several Indian schools across the Sultanate appeared for their first paper for the crucial Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) 12th grade examination that began yesterday simultaneously in all the CBSE affiliated schools across the world.
About 9,42,035 students are taking the examination this year, which is an increase of 15.51 per cent over last year, when 8,15,537 students took the examination.
The number of students registered for 12th grade examinations in CBSE schools outside India is 11,119 in 2013 which is an increase from last year's 9,314. They are answering in 58 centres.
Total number of schools where students are appearing for the examination is 7,917 in a total of 2825 centres. The Grade 12 Board exams will continue for a period one-and-a-half months, ending on April 17.
The atmosphere at the Indian School Muscat centre which saw over 558 students from ISM and ISD appear for the exam was replete with tension and nervousness. While the students were naturally anxious, the parents were seen pacing restlessly. All of them arrived much before 8 am though the examination was to start only at 9 am.
Teachers were seen offering words of comfort and support for the children. "This is a make or break year for our children. So we sincerely hope that all children do well," said a parent who was seen praying earnestly.
The fact that English was the first paper seemed to have provided students some sort of relief.
"Most of us are thankful that we open the examination with English which is comparatively easy. We generally tend to do well in this subject and this gives us the confidence to do well in the others," explained a student from ISM.
ISM incidentally has 428 students taking the examination which is the highest number in Oman.
The number (approximately) of students taking the examination in other schools is - Indian School Ghubra (180), ISD (117), ISWK (200), Salalah(106 students), Muladha(60), Nizwa (48), Sur(15), Ibri and Seeb(31).
The next paper for science stream students is physics on March 5th and for commerce is on March 6th. The Humanities group has a long gap with their next exam beginning on March 25. Grade X students start their exam on March 3.
There are 19 Indian schools in the Sultanate of Oman, with more than 37,000 students on the rolls. While many schools here offer classes till grade 12, the ones that have opened recently are doing so as their first batch moves to higher class.