From this academic session, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made it mandatory for Class-10 students to appear for summative assessments and secure at least 25% marks in order to be promoted to the next class.
The rule, introduced in 201314, was applied only to Class-9 students last year. As a result of the condition, over 2,000 Class-9 students in government schools are currently struggling to be promoted to the next class.
Many believe that the board has extended the rule for Class 10 in order reinforce the importance of written exams, which they feel was lost after t he Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system was introduced in 2010-11.
Until last year, the board required students to secure an overall D grade, which a student could easily secure through for mative assessments based on his co-curricular activities and projects, to get promoted to the next class.
From 2013-14, CBSE made it mandatory for the students of Class 9 to secure at least 25% marks in SAs, which has now been extended to Class 10.
SAs are tests conducted twice a year— SA-1 is conducted in September while SA-2 at the end of the year.
‘TAKE EXAMS SERIOUSLY’
City-based CBSE counsellor Rakesh Sachdeva said the 25% clause would make students take written tests seriously. Furthermore, recently the board also gave an additional opportunity to Class-9 students who failed to secure the mandated marks in SAs in the the 2013-14 session. “This was done because the system was new. But from this session, there will be no such relief and students will have to remain vigilant from very beginning,” she said.
Many educationists in the city, however, said that much more was required to improve the state of education in the city.
Prem Kaur, a head of a local government school, said while the CBSE’s condition for promoting Classes 9 and 10 students was welcome, the system would not change unless the fear of academics is instilled in students from the beginning.
“Due to the no-detention policy, students take academics very casually,” she said.
Meanwhile, Anuradha Sharma, the president of citybased NGO Hamari Kaksha, said that the introduction of such tough conditions by the board has made it vital for the UT education department to immediately introduce a system of “checks and balances” so that academic concerns, such as poor academic standards, are addressed effectively.
“There are infrastructure issues in government schools but this limitation can be overcome to some extent with the better academic policies. What we need is quality education, which is missing at present,” she said.