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Schools to have grading system after consensus: Sibal

IANS  Panchkula (Haryana), August 18, 2009
First Published: 18:46 IST(18/8/2009) | Last Updated: 19:27 IST(18/8/2009)

A uniform grading system will be introduced in schools across the country after the government arrives at a consensus with teachers, parents and students, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal said in Panchkula on Tuesday.

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"For those schools that are up to Class 12 level, we have proposed to scrap the board exams of Class 10 and to introduce a grading system. If a student has to remain in the same school, then he is not required to sit for board exams," Sibal told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

"If a school is only till Class 10 and the student has to take admission in some other school after that, then he has to give board exams. These exams are necessary so that the new school authorities can judge the past performance of the student before admitting him."

However, Sibal maintained that the results of Class 10 exams alone would not be the parameter to judge a student and his/her overall performance will be assessed on the basis of comprehensive and continuous evaluation.

"Board exams will be scrapped in the classes fifth and eighth in the schools across the country. They just put undue pressure on the children," the minister said.

Sibal was here to participate in an interactive session with parents and students of the region.

He has already attended similar sessions in the coming days at Guwahati, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram.


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