Rajesh Chaturvedi the chairman of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) visited Super 30, a programme run by mathematician Anand Kumar for mentoring students from underprivileged families for IIT entrance exam, and interacted with students on Wednesday in Patna.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning a big systemic change in the months to come. Rajesh Chaturvedi, said Class 10 board examinations would be revived from 2018 as there is a growing opinion in its favour.
“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 said.
Chaturvedi said the matter of re-introducing the examination would be discussed at the next education ministers’ conference and with the ICSE and state boards under the direction of the ministry of human resource development (MHRD).
The chairman said the CBSE would also plan focused training of secondary and higher secondary teachers. “We will rope in experts like Anand Kumar of Super 30 for the purpose,” he added. Chaturvedi said the board had strengthened its affiliation norms and was working towards eliminating substandard schools.
The demand to reintroduce the board examination came up in 2014 when Smriti Irani, who was the Union HRD Minister at that time, had sought students’ opinion on the new CCE system.
Apart from making the board examination optional, the CCE system also did away with marks. It introduced a grading system and clubbed students within a range of 10% in grades. This meant a student with 89 would get the same grade as one who scored 81. Several students and teachers deemed this unfair. According to the CCE system, class 10 students need to appear for six exams, including four formative assessments and two summative assessments.