Mumbai’s Class X students seeking admissions in junior colleges have a reason to rejoice as 13,000 seats have been added. Junior colleges in Mumbai will have a total of 2.92 lakh seats and 3.15 lakh students have appeared in Class X in Mumbai this year, according to an Indian Express report.
The biggest hike in numbers has been seen in the science stream, followed by the commerce stream. However, the number of seats in the arts stream have dropped by almost a 1,000. The science and commerce streams have added 5,600 and 3,000 seats respectively. Junior colleges have also added nearly 6,000 seats in vocational courses.
The Deputy Director of Education B B Chavan has said the increase in the number of seats reflected the preference of students. Chavan told the Indian Express that, ”In Mumbai, more students are interested in commerce courses, science courses come in at second and the least preference amongst students is for arts.” Chavan added that this stream preference is unique to Mumbai in Maharashtra.
School principals have told The Indian Express that students do not have clarity about what they would have to study in the arts stream and hence prefer to take another stream. Cynthia Dawson, Principal of Swami Vivekanand Junior College said that, “Most Class X students are unaware of what is offered in the arts courses”. Chavan added several junior colleges in Mumbai have been forced to discontinue some sections or have reduced the number of seats in the arts stream.”
The commerce stream has proved to be a hit amongst students as students can get a job in financial fields or they can try their hands at chartered accountancy according to Cynthia.