Class X board exams will become optional from next year
the coming academic year (2010-11), the Class X board exams will become optional
in all CBSE schools. The board will make a formal announcement to this effect
probably by Friday, once the blueprint of the new system to replace the board
exams is frozen. CBSE sources said board chairman Vineet Joshi will, on
Thursday, hold the last presentation and consultation session in Madhya Pradesh
on the changes being brought about before the draft is finalized and made
public. Making Class X boards optional was a prominent part of HRD minister
Kipal Sibal’s 100-day agenda. The sources said CBSE has prepared the format of
an aptitude exam which schools can use to test Class X students on their level
of understanding in each subject. The emphasis, however, will be on continuous
and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) through the year.
‘‘CBSE has decided to go strongly on making the Class X board
exam optional and implement CCE grading system and other alternatives. The
process of review of the present Class X exam system is over,’’ Joshi told TOI.
He said CBSE had also conducted a survey among students on whether they want the
board exam to continue. ‘‘In a couple of days, we will come out with final
modalities of the new system,’’ he added.
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education in schools. ‘‘We’re ready with the syllabus and teacher guide, We’re
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New Delhi: CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said there were apprehensions that the new
format would create two categories of students, those who take the exam and
others who don’t. ‘‘Concerns have also been raised on the problem of
certification for those who opt out. We have addressed them in the new plan and
provided alternatives,’’ he said.
Among these alternatives is the provision of an online, on
demand test for those who don’t take the board exam but want certification later
on. ‘‘The certificate issued after this online exam would be equivalent to the
Class X certificate. The test will help students who want to change streams in
Class XI,’’ Joshi said. In another major decision aimed at ensuring that schools
maintain basic standards, CBSE has decided to have an independent agency for
accreditation of CBSE schools. All schools under the board will have to get
themselves evaluated by this agency within three years. New schools will get
CBSE affiliation three years after they have been accreditated. Joshi said the
accreditation agency could be either a government or private body. ‘‘The Quality
Council of India has shown interest in the project,’’ he added.
Courtesy : Times Of India