The Central Board of Secondary Education has reached to a conclusion that the board exams for Class 10 students are set to become compulsory from 2018. From the next academic year, students of Class 10 following the CBSE curriculum will in preparing in full swing for their board examinations.
According to sources, at the meeting of CBSE's governing body, its member "unanimously" agreed that from the academic session 2017-18, compulsory Board exams should be introduced for all students of Class X.
The boards decision is yet to be approved by the government before it is implemented. At present, Class 10 students are given the option to choose between board exam or a school based examination.
The sources said while there is a view that for the Class X Board exams, 80% weightage will be given to the marks scored in examinations while 20 percent weightage will be given to school-based evaluation.
Another important decisions is that CBSE has decided to recommend to the HRD ministry that that three language formula, under Hindi, English and Indian language are taught, should be extended to class IX and X as well from the current VI to VIII, a source said.
Oficials added that the Board also favoured sending a recommendation to the Centre that those languages which are listed in schedule VIII of the Constitution should be taught under the 'Three language formula' while languages which are "purely foreign" should be taught as a "fourth language as an elective subject."
During a speech on November 10, 2016, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar spoke about his wish to make board exams compulsory for CBSE Class 10.
"I want to start CBSE tenth board exams because all other students, other than CBSE are appearing for board exams. But for CBSE, it is an option. So why?," Javadekar said on his grievance about the imparity in schools while speaking at an interaction organised by FICCI. Read the complete story here.