Indian school boards are fast moving towards uniformity with an agreement on declaring results before June 10 every year to give ample time to students to seek admission in institutes of their choice.
State education boards are working on an answersheet evaluation system, where results will be declared within three to four weeks after the final day of the exams, said DV Sharma, general secretary of the Council of Boards for Secondary Education (COBSE). By next year, most boards will declare results before June 10, he added.
The move will be a major step toward a uniform academic calendar as recommended by the National Curriculum Framework, 2005. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has already enforced a uniform calendar from this academic year for all universities in the country.
The boards have also told the COBSE that the syllabus for classes IX and X and classes XI and XII will not be clubbed for board examinations, to reduce examination stress on students. Instead, there will be a separate examination for classes IX and XI, conducted by the schools themselves or under supervision of the boards.
Another area in which COBSE wants state boards to formulate a uniform policy is a grading system for exam results. The CBSE has already started issuing marksheets for the Class X examination, with grades.