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Class X boards to become optional from next year
NEW DELHI, Aug 27 :
Published on 27 Aug. 2009 11:43 PM IST
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From 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. According to Times News Network, sources in CBSE 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. 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 instead of a single public exam at the end of Class X. ``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 that 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. 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 these issues 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. This test will also help students who want to change streams in Class XI,’’ Joshi said. In another major decision aimed at ensuring that schools maintain the minimim 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 accredited by this agency. 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. Orissa doesn’t favour class 10 exams optional BHUBANESWAR, AUG 27 (IANS): Orissa does not want class 10 board exams to be made optional, a state minister said here Thursday. The decision, if implemented, will be applicable to all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools from the next academic year (2010-11). The Human Resource Development Ministry, after weeks of debate, recently said it will implement a grading system for Class 10 students. Schools will be able to use an aptitude exam to test students on their level of understanding in each subject. Students, however, will not be given marks. They will only be awarded grades, the ministry said. “We do not want to introduce the grade system. We want the present board examination system to continue,” Pratap Jena, state school and mass education minister, told IANS. “It is because of the board examination that students and teachers are serious. They have competitive feeling. If we introduce the grade system, they will lose this spirit. We want more discussion on this,” he maintained. “We have not yet received any communication from the central government about the proposed change. However, we have already decided to oppose it,” Jena said.

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