Amid the controversy over the move to scrap the tenth board examination, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said it is an experiment that is still being debated and felt no decision should be taken in haste.
"We are still debating on this issue. This is an experiment. We should not take a decision in haste", Singh told a group of children during an interaction on the occasion of Children's Day.
He was asked whether children are not being made weak by the decision to do away with the tenth board examination. "You are shielding them from difficulties," a student asked.
Government had in September announced abolition of compulsory CBSE Board exams for class X from next academic year (2010-11) and introduction of grading system from current year.
Asked as to why educatin was getting costlier by the day, Singh said this was so only in private schools. In government schools, every effort was being made to ensure that education did not become a privilege for only the rich.
On what government was doing for children who are not in schools and are living on roads and begging, Singh said, "it pains me a lot. We are trying to educate all children under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan".