The governing body of the Central Board of Secondary Education, which is the highest decision making body of the central education board, approved the restoration of the CBSE Class 10 board exams from March 2018 after a gap of seven years. It has been decided that the final results will have 80% weightage of the board exams and 20% will be internal assessments.
Since 2011 the Central Board made the Class X board exams optional, which meant students studying in senior secondary schools had the option to sit for the school-based exam. This was done after the introduction of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in 2009. CBSE conducted a survey among various stakeholders and the majority were in favour of the compulsory Class X public exam. Thereafter, the HRD ministry announced the rollback of the optional scheme of the present Class X exam system.
“It was a unanimous decision of the members of the governing body on the matter. The matter was discussed threadbare and in principle it was decided to restore the exams scheme of pre-CCE period. A circular to the effect on details of the exams which will commence from 2018 will be shared with the schools soon. It will be 80% weightage for the Board based exam and 20% will be drawn from internal assessments,” said R K Chaturvedi, chairperson, Central Board of Secondary Education.
in order for the current batch of lakhs of class 10 students all across the country not to face any confusion and hardship, CBSE decided not to implement the re-introduction of Board Exams from this session as it would have been an extremely difficult situation for the students, parents and the schools to cope up with the pressure in such a short notice. Therefore, the board has decided to implement the move from the next batch of students who will be appearing for the board exams in March 2018.
Due to lack of compulsory board examinations, the level of education was drastically going down, leading to students facing immense problem in their higher secondary schooling. Since the compulsory board exams had been removed in 2011, it had become difficult for many schools to assess the students who were applying to other schools for higher secondary courses. Almost all the teachers and academicians were in the favour of re-introduction of Class X board exams and the HRD ministry has rightly implemented it.