New Delhi: Students dropping out of the school system or changing schools will have the option to sit for an online class X board examination to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examinations, or CBSE, from the next academic year.
For this academic year (2009-10), CBSE will conduct the class X examination and declare the result by ranking students on grades instead of percentages. From 2010-11, class X grades will be awarded by the schools.
Reducing stress: CBSE will award grades in class X exams in 2010. From 2010-11, class X grades will be awarded by the schools. Sonu Mehta / Hindustan Times
“After the board examination is abolished in 2011 (for class X), students will have a choice to take the board exam on demand for transfer (to another school) or entry into pre-university institutes,” human resources minister Kapil Sibal said at a press conference on Monday.
Schools welcomed the announcement and sought to allay the concerns of parents and students that the change may lead to “biased” marking.
“In class IX, you trust schools; in class XI , you again trust schools,” said Annie Koshy, principal of St Mary’s School in New Delhi, who is also on the governing body of CBSE. She said that schools were bound to be fair in awarding grades because the choice of streams (science, commerce or arts) in class XI depended on grades earned in class X and schools could not afford to have students flooding one stream.
Class X and XII board examinations are standardized tests in India conducted by various education boards. While class X test scores form the basis of subject choices in senior secondary school, class XII scores form the basis for university education, though many elite undergraduate schools such as the Indian Institutes of Technology conduct a test to determine who gets in.
(‘PTI’ contributed to this story.)