CBSE class X board exams likely to be reintroduced from 2018

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is all set to re-introduce the Class 10 board exams for students affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from 2018, reports said on Friday.

The big announcement is likely to be made by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on October 25.

The Union Minister will also announce a new ‘no-detention’ policy, in which students will be automatically promoted till Class V.

“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 Class 10 X Board exams were scrapped and the grading system was introduced by the previous Congress-led regime in 2010.

It is being said that the plan to re-introduce the old system was considered after states and several organisations of teachers and parents said the present practice was affecting academic standards.

Javadekar yesterday said that a major change is imminent in the country’s education policy with emphasis on quality education to all.

“Quality education to all is a prerequisite for building a better country. The Centre is moving towards a big change in its education policy to achieve the objective of making quality education available to all,” Javadekar said at a programme held at Dayanand Saraswati Sukhanand Career Public School at Sheeshamjhadi