Worried at falling academic standards, the government is likely to reintroduce Class 10 board exams for students studying in schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who took charge after a Cabinet reshuffle in July this year, is all set to make this announcement on October 25, according to credible sources. It is also expected that the Class 10th boards will be restored from 2018.
To automatically promote students till Class 5, Javadekar would also announce a new ‘no-detention’ policy, which is designed to facilitate the states devise their own options for students till Class 8 but will have the provision of a “re-test” for students who fail.
In a bid to reduce pressure on students, CBSE had scrapped the Class 10 board examinations in 2010. The current examination system evaluates a student on the basis of grading and tests taken throughout the year.
The government had been under pressure to restore the board examinations following feedback from states and representative organisations of parents and teachers that doing away with the exam along with the no-detention policy was affecting academic standards.
It was also felt that retention of Class 10th board examinations would help prepare students for the more important school-leaving Class 12th exams. A large number of students from government school were failing in Class 11 as evaluations became more demanding at the senior school level.
The decision will be made public soon after the meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), which will be attended by several of state education ministers who are in favour of scrapping the Class 10 board exams for not delivering the anticipated results.