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Board exam or school test? Choose carefully

Charu Sudan Kasturi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 10, 2010
First Published: 22:50 IST(10/11/2010) | Last Updated: 01:12 IST(11/11/2010)

Central Board of Secondary Education Class 10 students may forego their chance of continuing in their current school in Class 11 if they choose to appear for the board-conducted examination in March, the CBSE has warned.

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Though individual schools may still agree to admit their former students, the CBSE will not intervene to ask schools to admit students who opted out of the school-conducted test, the board has said.

Class 10 students will this month, for the first time, have to choose between the CBSE- conducted examination and the summative assessment individual schools will conduct, senior board sources have confirmed.

This is the first year that the decades-old Class 10 board examination has been made optional.

Students will need to inform their schools in writing whether they intend to take the summative assessment conducted by their school at the end of this term or the board-conducted public examination. The written statements of all students will be forwarded by schools to the CBSE. But students – and their parents – must be extra cautious while making their choice because at stake is the possibility of continuing in the same school and even in the CBSE system in Class 11, the board has warned.

Only students who leave the CBSE and join Class 11 in schools affiliated to other boards need to take the CBSE-conducted examination. The school-conducted examination is adequate for all those who pursue Class 11 in CBSE schools — whether or not the school is the same as the one in which the students completed Class 10.

But students and parents will not have the luxury of keeping both options — CBSE and non-CBSE schools — open for Class 11 and should make a “conscious decision”, the Board said in a set of responses to frequently asked questions it has prepared.

“Having given in writing that you are going to leave the CBSE system, you may probably forego your priority in admission in Class 11 in the same school,” it said.


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