The Central Board of Secondary Education is planning to make board exams mandatory to evaluate students of Class 10 from 2018, indicating that the students will lose the option to opt out of board exams by sitting for the test given by the school alone.
“We will not be able to do it in 2017 as time is short but we will certainly like to go ahead with it from 2018 as it has become important in the context of improving quality. In any case, the state boards are continuing with the board exams,” he told Hindustan Times on Wednesday.
The development assumes significance as it comes against the backdrop of demands from several states that Class X board exams be made a must, and scrap the no-detention policy. The CBSE has made Class 10 board exams optional for students since 2011 and brought in the Continuous and Comprehensive Education Evaluation system.
The demand to reintroduce the board exams became vociferous over the last two years and then education minister Smriti Irani had sought views from different stakeholders.
Under the no-detention policy, students automatically win promotion to the next class without being held back even if they do not manage a passing grade. This policy is followed until students reach Class VIII.
Chaturvedi said the matter of re-introducing the examination would be discussed at the next education ministers’ conference.
“Students need to be made to write descriptive answers and not just rely on multiple choice questions,” he added.