CBSE not to hold Class X Board exams from March 2013

This article deals with the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi not to hold the Class X board examination to be conducted from March 2013. The class X students who will be studying in the CBSE affiliated schools during the academic year 2012-13 will compulsory take the X class examination conducted by their respective schools. The change reflects the implementation of continuing and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) scheme introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education.

What is the Central Board of Secondary Education?

• The Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), New Delhi is the pioneering examination body at all India level. The CBSE conducts class X and class XII level examinations throughout the country for all the Kendriya Vidyalayas, Novodaya Vidyalayas and various other schools in the private and public sectors which are affiliated to the CBSE, New Delhi. The CBSE examinations are usually held annually in the month of March. The CBSE examination is recognised as one of the most standardised examinations for classes X and XII.

Introduction of school-based class X exams in CBSE schools

• The Central Board Secondary Education, New Delhi has introduced the class X school-based examinations from the academic year 2010 – 11. During the year 2010 – 11, the students of the schools affiliated to the CBSE, New Delhi were given the option of either appearing for the Class X examinations held by the Board or they could take the examinations conducted for class X by their respective schools.

Poor response from students for school-based examinations in 2011.

• It was observed that there was only a lukewarm response from the students for the school-based examinations. Most of the students throughout the country opted for Board examinations rather than the school-conducted examinations in 2011.

• Out of 20,000 students of Andhra Pradesh schools affiliated to the CBSE, only 800 opted for the school-based examinations and the rest of the 19200 students took the Board examination. The response at the national level was also not satisfactory. Nearly 9 lakh students of the CBSE schools took the class X examination in 2011. About 6 lakh of these students opted for the Board examination while only 3 lakh students wrote the school-based examinations.

Option for school-based X class exams extended in 2011-12

• The option of writing school-based X class examinations was made applicable to the students of the 2011-12 academic session as well. More number of students are known to have opted for the school-based examinations during the current year than the last year.

• About 40 per cent students from Andhra Pradesh are said to have opted for school-conducted examinations this years as compared to mere 10 per cent last year.

What was the need to introduce the school-based examination for class X?

• The novel system of school based examinations and doing away with the Board exams is a part of the scheme of continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE), a brain child of the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. It was done with a view to reduce the pressure that the board examination put on the students. But how the students’ talent will be compared at the national level when the students are tested at the school level is yet to be seen.

No Board examination for class X to be conducted by CBSE from March 2013.

• The Central Board of Secondary Education is going to completely abolish the X class board examination for students studying in class X during the academic year 2012 – 13. As such, there will be no board examination at all at X class level for the examinations to be conducted from March 2013. All the students of the X class of CBSE schools have to compulsorily take their X class examinations conducted in their respective schools during 2012 – 13.

Latest update about the decision of the CBSE

• Reacting to the news report published in several newspapers about the abolishing of the CBSE Class X Board examination from March 2013, the CBSE has now clarified that the decision about withdrawing the examination cannot be taken by the CBSE unilaterally. The CBSE now has issued a statement that all the stakeholders will be consulted for arriving at a final decision. These stakeholders include schools, students, parents and other education boards. The CBSE said that the advantages and the administrative viability of the decision has also to be considered carefully.

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