The Governing Body of CBSE has given its nod for the restoration of class 10th board exams from the year 2018. The highest decision-making body gave its approval for the move on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.
The CBSE Board class 10th Exam will be revived after seven years for the session 2017-18. The exams will be held in March 2018. Evaluation of the exams will be done according to the weightages – 80% weightage to Board Exams and 20% weightage to the internal assessments.
Class 10th board exams in CBSE schools were made optional in 2011 i.e. after the introduction of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in 2009. Students in Senior Secondary schools were allowed to appear for the school-based exam instead of the Board Exams.
According to a survey conducted by CBSE among various stakeholders, a majority of the people are in favor of conducting compulsory Class X public exam.
Chairperson of CBSE, R K Chaturvedi said that all the members of the GB agreed to this decision. He further added that the matter was discussed at lengths and it was decided to reintroduce the exams scheme of pre-CCE period. The Board will soon release a statement in order to notify the schools regarding the same. Schools will also be provided with the detailed structure and procedure of evaluation, added Chaturvedi.
The Principal of Mount Abu Public School and member of the GB, Jyoti Arora said that it is a decision that was much required to set the right standard of education. The state governments are also in the favor of this decision.
Another important move that has been taken by the CBSE is with regard to the three language formula. The board has decided to recommend to the HRD ministry that Indian languages like Hindi, English and other modern Indian language that are currently taught from classes 6 to 8, should be taught in classes 9 and 10 also. The Board also proposed that there should be an elective for foreign languages that should be taught under the fourth language category. But it should be noted that all the languages must be from Schedule VIII of the Constitution or English.
The current batch of class X students across all CBSE schools will continue as per the CCE format and can choose between school-based and board-based options. Under this new scheme, foreign languages and other non-listed Indian ones can also be opted for as additional or fourth language, but they will be non-qualifying in nature. A CBSE student may not even need to study English and Hindi as the combination of subjects allows scope for not opting for them.
The Board has been following a three-language formula till Class VIII, which also include foreign ones. Recommendations made by the CBSE governing body state that the Board should adopt the three-language formula as recommended in National Policy on Education 1986