CBSE 10th board exams can be back by 2018!

Class 10 board examinations would be revived from 2018 as there is a growing opinion in its favour, said CBSE chairman

After much discussion, the government is all set to revive 10th board exams in the schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

It was first hinted by CBSE chairman Rajesh Chaturvedi in an interview to Hindustan Times in Jaipur in September. He said Class 10 board examinations would be revived from 2018 as there is a growing opinion in its favour.

“We will not be able to do it in 2017, as time is short but we will certainly like to go ahead with it from 2018, as it has become important in the context of improving quality. In any case, the state boards are continuing with the board exams,” he added.

According to the reports, the final decision would come in the meeting chaired by the HRD Minister to discuss the class 10th board examination with the CABE (Central Advisory Board of Education) on Tuesday. It is the highest governing body for educations matters in both Centre and state.

Minister of Human Resource and Development Prakash Javadekar will announce the comeback of board exams on October 25. This is his first major decision after taking over as HRD minister from Smriti Irani in July.

“There have been representations from academicians as well as organisations of parents saying that scrapping the exam and with the no-detention policy being in place, the academic standards are being affected,” a senior HRD Ministry official told NewsworldIndia.

Earlier CBSE had made it optional for students to participate in the board exams, replacing it with the current continuous and comprehensive evaluation that provides for tests and grading, which was devised to reduce pressure on the students. CBSE runs around 18,000 schools and has approximately 13,000 private schools, all across the country affiliated with it.

Also, Javadekar will announce a new policy of ‘no-detention’ in the row, which will automatically promote students till class 5th, media reported. This will ultimately devise the option of promoting students up to Class 7th but will provide an opportunity for a “re-test” for students who fail.