Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday confirmed reports that the government plans to re-introduce the compulsory Class 10 board exams for students under the Central Board of Secondary Education, The Indian Express has reported.

“I want to start CBSE 10th board exams because all other students, other than CBSE, are appearing for Board exams. But for CBSE, it is an option. So why,” Javadekar quoted as saying.

The minister added that he got a lot of queries including from mediapersons, who also said they have children studying in CBSE schools and with March approaching they would need time to prepare. “I said whatever I may change this year, will be implemented in 2017-18 cycle, not this year,” he added.

Reports of government contemplating such a move had surfaced earlier. In September, CBSE Chairperson Rajesh Chaturvedi had told Hindustan Times that public opinion was in favour of bringing back the CBSE exam, and so they were giving it a serious thought.

The CBSE Class 10 board examination was scrapped in 2010 and replaced with the current continuous and comprehensive evaluation that provides for tests and grading through the year as a means to reduce pressure on students.