No move to scrap class 10 exams
From next year, Class 10 examination for the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) schools in India will be optional and a nine-point grading system will replace marks, Human Resource Development minister Kapil Sibal said on Tuesday, reports Chetan Chauhan.india Updated: Jun 30, 2009 23:48 IST
From next year, Class 10 examination for the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) schools in India will be optional and a nine-point grading system will replace marks, Human Resource Development minister Kapil Sibal said here on Tuesday.
“I am sure the two reforms will take off with the 2010 CBSE board examinations,” Sibal said.
The minister also rubbished claims that a national board for Class 12 examinations will replace all existing 42 state education boards. “There is no proposal like that on the ministry’s agenda,” Sibal said. “I had just said that having a national board for Class 12 would have been an ideal situation.”
The HRD ministry will start consultations with schools, teachers and parents from next week on making class 10 examinations optional. “There is no intention to push the reforms down anybody’s throat. We just want to have a child-friendly education system,” the minister said.
The Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE), the country’s top education policy-making body, having state education ministers as members, had cleared the proposal to make class 10 examinations optional in 2005. Even the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) that frames syllabi for all CBSE-affiliated schools had recommended in 2006 that Class 10 examinations should be made optional to reduce the stress on children.
Sibal said the Class 10 examinations would be optional for those who wish to continue studying in the same school. For such students, promotion to Class 12 would depend on the score in the continuous internal assessment.
“For this, the school will have to develop a robust and transparent internal assessment system,” he said. The CBSE regulation for affiliation prescribes mandatory internal assessment for each student till Class 10.
The CBSE will, however, continue to conduct board examinations for students who wish to join professional or pre-university courses outside the school system.
From next year, a nine-point grading system will replace subject-wise marks in all CBSE schools. “Along with grades, we will also give percentiles for each subject to help students in getting admission,” said Vineet Joshi, acting chairperson of CBSE.
There is already a grading system till Class 9. Those securing over 90 per cent would get A grade, indicating their outstanding performance. Other grades would be A1, B, B1, C, C1, D, D1 and E.