CBSE to Make Class X Exam Mandatory

CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) would begin the Class X board exam in the academic year 2017-18. The CBSE would make questions for the Class X final exam for schools affiliated with it and thus would bring back the system that existed six years before.

Discussions have been finalised in this regard between the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) and the Union HRD (Human Resource Development) minister, where the former is the apex advisory entity relied on by the state and Central government regarding education.

Back in the year 2011, CBSE gave a choice to the students on whether they wanted a school assessment or board exam for class X. Presently; around 13,000 private schools are under the affiliation of the board.

A majority of students had opted for the first option as the perception among students was that schools would set questions in favour of students so as to yield better results.

Also, most people had the opinion that turning the board exam from mandatory to optional would be a better ladder for higher education. Before the introduction of the school-based system, it was mandatory for CBSE Class 10 students to appear for the board exam. Around 1.5 million students had appeared for the options provided by the board, viz. board exam/school tests for Class X in 2016, out of which only 1.4 million passed, as per the data published by the CBSE.

The ministry of HRD has backed the no-detention policy where the students till Class VIII would not be allowed to be promoted to the next class despite not performing well.


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