The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) October 25 has proposed that no child will be failed till Class 5. Also, the states will have freedom to decide whether they want to held back students beyond Class 5.
CABE has also proposed the learning outcomes for every class will be defined and included in Right to Education rules. Also, the RTE Act should be amended to extend deadline to teacher training till 2020. The last deadline proposed is expired in 2015.
Speaking to reporters after the 64th CABE meeting today, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said that many state boards are already conducting Class 10 exams.
“Since the matter relates to Class 10 exams for CBSE which is under the HRD ministry, we will soon take a decision in this regard separately,” Javadekar said when asked if any decision related to Class 10 board exams was taken today.
There were reports that a decision regarding the compulsory CBSE Class 10 Board examinations, which were scrapped in 2010 in order to reduce pressure on students, are likely to be reintroduced. Javadekar, however, suggested that the Board exams, if they are introduced may be brought in only from the next session. In the education sector, changes are generally made with regard to the upcoming session, he said.
Sources suggested that while there is a view in the ministry in favour of making the CBSE Class 10 examination compulsory, a final decision may be taken in consultation with the CBSE. A press release issued by the HRD ministry after the CABE meeting also mentioned that a presentation on Compulsory Board examination in Class 10 was also made.
Javadekar said that among other key decisions that were taken at the CABE meeting today, was that there has to be accountability of all stakeholders for improving learning outcomes. “We will in the coming days work in this regard and create a system to fix accountability,” Javadekar said.
Another decision taken at the CABE meeting he said was to complete the task of training of untrained teachers within the next five years.
In the meeting it was also decided to constitute a sub committee under Deputy CM and Education minister of Telangana Kadiyam Srihari to look into issues of girl’s education.
Speaking about the decision, Javadekar said that ‘Beti achao, Beti Padhao’ was also the focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Responding to questions on the decision to review ‘No Detention Policy’, Javadekar suggested that any change that is made may be applicable only to students of the upcoming batches and not the existing academic year.
In the meeting NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant also gave a presentation in which he is learnt to have disclosed that soon states could be ranked as per the learning outcomes of their school children, sources said.
During the CABE meeting a presentation on improving of learning outcomes, rationalisation of posting of teachers in rural areas, National Achievement Survey, Compulsory Board exam for class X, joyful learning and anganwadis to be co-located with primary schools was made to highlight some of the issues and concerns.
Another decision that was taken at the CABE meeting today was that this gathering should be held more frequently.
In his address, Javadekar referred to the country’s glorious past when its educational institutions were leading ones in the world. He also mentioned that India was leading the world in terms of GDP and economic trade.
Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajeev Pratap Rudy spoke on the need for aligning National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) rationally so that skills acquired can enable pursuit of higher education.
Sports minister Goel said that sports and education must move in a synchronised manner.