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It’s official, CBSE Class 10 exams become optional
New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS):
Published on 31 Aug. 2009 11:13 PM IST
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From the current academic year, the tens of thousands of students studying in Class 10 need not burn the midnight oil or get stressed over the board exams -- the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 examination has been made optional. Making this announcement here late Monday evening, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters: “The CBSE Class 10 exams are optional from the 2009-10 academic year.” “I have said this earlier too,” Sibal said after the 56th meeting of the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) here, attended by education ministers and officials from states. He added that the examination would give way to a grading system and students would be evaluated throughout the year. HRD ministry officials believe this move would help relieve the stress on thousands of students and their families. Officials said all schools, which have Class 11 and 12, need not conduct the Class 10 exams, but schools with classes up to standard 10 may conduct the board examination. Under the grading system, students would be given grades like A+, A, B, C, D and E. Sibal said many state governments were happy about the new system, but they need to evolve a consensus in their respective state assemblies to implement it in their secondary education boards. The grading system is for the CBSE now and not for the state boards, Sibal said. Meanwhile, Kapil Sibal Monday announced that vice-chancellors of universities in the country would be appointed by a collegium headed by an eminent person equivalent to a Nobel laureate, and not the central or state government. Sibal told reporters here: “The collegium will consist of 30 to 40 people headed by an eminent personality, lets say a Nobel laureate. They will decide whom to appoint.” “The government will not interfere in it,” Sibal said, after the 56th meeting of the Central Advisory Board on Education attended by education ministers and officials from the states. He said: “The biggest thing that emerged (from the meeting) was the appointment of vice-chancellors. All the states supported this move.” Normally the government appoints a search committee to identify and recommend names for appointment as vice chancellor.

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