CBSE to reintroduce Class X examination pattern

Photo related to students appearing in board examination.

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to reintroduce Class X board examinations to improve the academic standards.

The CBSE’s Class X board examinations were scrapped six years ago in order to reduce pressure on students, but the board is likely to be reintroduced the pattern following concerns about academic standards being affected.

The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar will chair a meeting to finalise decision in this regard on October 25 in a joint meeting with Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE).

“There have been representations from academicians as well as organisations of parents saying that scrapping the exam and with the no-detention policy being in place, the academic standards are being affected,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.

“Also, it is being observed that students are unable to take the pressure of appearing directly for Class XII boards which are an important deciding factor for the career they choose,” the official said, adding, while no consensus has been reached yet on when to reintroduce the system, 2018 is considered to be an approachable target.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class X examination was scrapped in 2010 and replaced with the current Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) that provides for tests and grading through the year as a means to reduce pressure on students.

If the decision is taken in this regard, states may get an opportunity to devise their mechanism of re-tests for students from Class VI to VIII while beyond Class IX students may be detained if their performance is not upto the mark.