The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) sent out an official circular to all affiliated schools on Monday, informing them of the changed examination system and introduction of continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE).
Schools have been informed that Class X Board exam has been made optional.
“There will be no Class X Board Examination wef 2011 for students studying in CBSE's senior secondary schools and who do not wish to move out of the CBSE system after Class X,” the circular said.
But students who wish to move out of the CBSE system after Class X (pre-university, vocational course, change of board, etc.) would be required to take the board’s external (written/online) examination.
Students who wish to opt for self-assessment would be allowed to appear in an on demand written/online proficiency test.
The circular said the CCE would be strengthened in all affiliated schools from October 2009 in Class IX. An optional aptitude test developed by the CBSE would also be available to students, to help them decide the stream after Class X.
The circular also talks about the new grading system at secondary school level (for Classes IX and X) effective from the current academic session.
CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi has made a strong case for the implementation of CCE in schools.
“The above steps will reduce stress and anxiety … it will reduce the dropout rate as there will be less fear and anxiety related to performance,” Joshi said in the circular.
Schools have been informed that teacher training workshops will be conducted simultaneously from October 2009 onwards. The workshops will be compulsory for the heads of schools and two teachers.