In what came as the latest news regarding the re-introduction of CBSE Class 10 Board Exams, board examination will be made mandatory for all Class 10 students from the academic session 2017-18. Before the last month of the year 2016 comes to an end, CBSE will hold a meeting to pass the resolution to make board exams compulsory for all its students.
During the 64th Annual Meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) held on October 25 in New Delhi, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced that the matter of CBSE Class 10 board examinations should be resolved internally by CBSE. He also said that the decision regarding CBSE schools fall under the jurisdiction of the Centre and the decision in this regard will be taken separately.
Of five lakh schools across the nation, there are somewhere around 30,000 schools under CBSE. It is very much “unfair” that out of 23 million students throughout the nation, except two million students all other students are taking various examinations be it state board, ICSE Board or IB Board. As per the present rule of CBSE, the students studying in Class 10 in affiliated schools can choose between the board exams or a school-based examination.
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The Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) is working on an amendment to the Right to Education Act (RTE), and a proposal has been approved by the Law Ministry that would come to the Cabinet in a week or two.
Talking about the much awaited No Detention Policy and the RTE amendment, he said once it is approved by the Cabinet, it will go to Parliament. Even if it is referred to a Standing Committee, he is hopeful that by April, they will have an amendment which will allow states to take a call on whether to have detention or no detention policy. In the CABE meeting too, it was decided that no child will be failed till Class 5. Further the states will have the final say on whether they want to held back students beyond that.
As per the present ‘No Detention Policy’ under the RTE Act, no student can be failed or detained till class VIII. The states have been given freedom to choose between having examination for classes V and VIII. However, whatever decisions the states whether to implement or exclude the no-detention policy in schools, for which it would amend the current provisions of the Right to Education Act (RTE).
He also suggested that if the states follow the “No Detention Policy” provision, and if somebody is detained, so that his/ her one year does not go waste, there should be a supplementary exam two months after and then he/she can join the next batch. This has been suggested so as not to create exam oriented pressure on students but to keep the challenges associated with the studies prevailing.