Proposal for reintroduction of Class 10 Board examination in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools is being considered by the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry after the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani spoke to some students on this issue at the International Students Day meeting.
The decision has been influenced by the suggestion of the students to bring back the board exam system which had been made optional by Kapil Sibal, former Education Minister, in 2011.
The action on the proposal is likely to be taken in the next Central Advisory Board of Education meeting. The meeting is expected to take place after a month or two. Amongst education policies this will be the second major decision taken by the HRD Minister, if implemented. Earlier, the minister asked Kendriya Vidyalayas to introduce Sankrit as the third language instead of German.
Abolition of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)/grading system, introduced by CBSE in 2009, was pointed out by the students as they feel that the new system is more stressful, encourages copy-paste and laid back attitude.
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As per the students, Board exams were like the final judgment point for which they had put in genuine efforts and looked forward to the results. But now it is like any class test and not taken seriously. Students are also of the opinion that it is ‘unfair‘ to put both bright and average students within the range of 10 per cent in grades.
Students have also asked for the text books of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to be revised as per the syllabus of national-level entrance examinations.