The move by Union HRD Ministry to create an All-India school board and make class-X examination optional today drew mixed reaction with Left Front governments in West Bengal and Kerala flaying it and BJP dispensation in Gujarat supporting the idea of doing away with Board exams.
Opposing Sibal’s plan of reforms, West Bengal Minister for School Education Partha Dey said the state government the 10th board exam should not be done away with.
“We are against this proposal of the Centre. Our view is that the 10th board examination should continue. And there cannot be a central board for school education in the entire country,” Dey told PTI.
He said the 10th board examination could not be scrapped as it helps in evaluation of student’s level of competence and indicates which course of study he should pursue.
“Having a single board will not help in a country like ours which has a federal structure. Much of the cultural diversity will be lost if such a board is set up,” he said.
Similarly, the LDF government in Kerala voiced reservations against the HRD ministry’s plan and called for a meeting of state education ministers to discuss the issue.