Confusion reigns among school authorities whether the present Class X batch students will take the Board Exams this year or not.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in its Circular 39 mentions, “There will be no Class X Board Examination w.e.f. 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.”
Some schools, though, are preparing their students for the Boards, as they say students have the ‘option’ to choose to appear for an examination.
The circular also mentions, “However, such students of Senior Secondary Schools who wish to move out of the CBSE system after Class X (Pre-University, Vocational course, Change of Board, etc.) will be required to take the Board’s External (pen and paper written/online) Examination.”
For schools till Class X, it says, “Students in CBSE’s Secondary schools will, however, be required to appear in Board’s External(pen and paper written/online) Examination because they will be leaving the secondary school after Class X.”
The circular also mentions, “Those students who wish to assess themselves vis-à-vis their peers or for self-assessment, will be allowed to appear in an On Demand (pen and paper/online) Proficiency test.” It is perhaps the last point which some schools have hung on too.
Anand Swaroop, principal of Air Force Bal Bharti School was confident that students had a choice. “Of course, they can decide whether to sit for Boards or not, even if they want to stay back in the school.”
He reasons, “What if a student decides to sit for Boards because he wants to change the school but later chooses to stay back?”
Some principals felt that the word ‘optional’ is misleading and hence the confusion.
“How can a child go through both summative assessment and take the Boards? The CBSE circular is very clear there is going to be no board exam henceforth,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road.
CBSE officials, too, maintained that Circular 39 is clear about the fact that students of Class X will only be assessed as per CCE and schools are expected to follow it.