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The final draft of the NEP (National Educational Policy) has suggested making board exams easier for students in order to lessen the burden of class 10th and 12th students and wean them away from months of coaching classes or additional effort. The final draft of the NEP was submitted by a group of experts who were led by K Kasturiranga, the former ISRO chief, to the Ministry of Human Resource Development in June.
It is declared in the draft that the board examinations will be made easier in the sense that in these exams, core capacities of students will be tested primarily rather than months of memorisation and coaching. Any student who has been going to school and making basic efforts for the subject will be able to clear the corresponding subject easily without much additional effort.
The final draft also proposes a central regulator for all school boards which means that a national body will regulate the state education boards with the Union HRD Minister as its head. As of now, only the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is being monitored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development while the state boards remain autonomous and are regulated by the state governments.
As per the final draft of the NEP, a regulatory body will be formed under the Minister of Education at the national level. This body will function for all the recognised school boards of India and will regulate the norms and standards of assessment and evaluation. The regulatory body will also ensure that the patters of assessment of the different boards are able to meet the skill requirements of the present times and fall in consonance with the objectives stated for this policy.
A final shape has been given to the draft by the HRD Ministry and it will be produced before the Union Cabinet for approval now. However, the officials at the MHRD have said that there can be any minor edits made in the last minute in the draft. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has recently tweaked the draft National Education Policy for diluting the provision on extending the Right to Education Act (RTE) up to class 12th and also for including three years of early childhood education.