Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday announced that the class 10 board examinations will be reintroduced to schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) as part of the ongoing education reforms. Currently, students under the CBSE have an option to opt out of appearing for board exams in favour of examinations conducted by their schools.
Javadekar further announced that central examinations will be conducted at class 5 and class 8 in CBSE schools. Those who fail to clear these exams will be detained, he said, adding that students will be given subsequent opportunities to pass the compartment or improvement papers and will be detained if they fail here too.
At the present, students of CBSE affiliated schools up to class 8 are promoted to the next class despite low scores or poor performance. The union minister commented that this central government decision has been approved by 25 states.
The union government has on Saturday asked state boards to stop the “bunching” and “spiking” of marks in the garb of moderation. Two meetings have been held so far between CBSE, ICSE and the state boards of Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Manipur to discuss the discontinuation of marks moderation.