CBSE Class X Board: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Board is likely to make Class 10 board exams compulsory for all students from next academic session (2017-18). HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has said, the board would meet around month end and a resolution is set to be passed to make Class 10 board exams compulsory. The minister also said the Ministry of Human Resources Development, is working on an amendment to the Right to Education (RTE) Act, and a proposal has been approved by the Law Ministry that would come to the Cabinet in a week or two, as reported by Indian Express.
“This month there will be a CBSE Board meeting, in which there will be a resolution (for compulsory Class 10 board exams). So, I am very sure, from academic session 2017-18, Board examination will be mandatory for all students,” Javadekar said.
As per current norms, CBSE students were given option to choose between the Board exam or a school based examination. The minister stated that it was ‘unfair’ that 23 million students in the country were taking various examinations, whereas the state boards and CBSE and yet two million were not. “We don’t want to create exam oriented pressure on students but there has to be a challenge mode,” he said.
On RTE amendment, Javadekar said once it is approved by the Cabinet, it will go to Parliament. Presently, the ‘No Detention’ provision under the RTE Act does not allow students to be failed or detained till Class 8.