Students appearing for Class X CBSE board exams are set to become compulsory from 2018 after the board’s governing body “unanimously approved” a proposal on the same. However, the decision is yet to be approved by the government before it is implemented.
Over 18,000 schools are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The decision to make Class X Board exams optional was taken five years ago by former HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. The decision had been taken to reduce the stress that students face in studies.
Not just students, the principals too will have to appear for tests now. As per the new norms, an eligibility test will be introduced for principals of all CBSE schools.
As per reports, there is a view that 80 per cent weightage will be given to the marks scored in examinations while 20 per cent weightage will be given to school-based evaluation for the Class X Board exams.
The other key decision that has been recommended by the CBSE in its meeting is that the three language formula, under which Hindi, English and modern Indian language are taught, should be extended to class IX and X as well from the current VI to VIII.