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HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The Government is all set to announce the comeback of 10th board exams in the schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The final decision in this regard will come in a meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) which will be chaired by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Minister of Human Resource and Development Prakash Javadekar is expected to announce comeback of board exams on October 25. It will be the first major decision, after he took over as HRD minister in early July.

“There have been representations from academicians as well as organisations of parents saying that scrapping the exam and with the no-detention policy being in place, the academic standards are being affected,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.

“Also, it is being observed that students are unable to take the pressure of appearing directly for Class XII boards which are an important deciding factor for the career they choose,” the official said, adding, while no consensus has been reached yet on when to reintroduce the system, 2018 is considered to be an approachable target.

Javadekar will also announce a new policy of ‘no-detention’ in the row,  which will automatically promote students till class V. This will ultimately devise the option of promoting students up to Class VII, but will provide an opportunity for a “re-test” for students who fail.

Earlier, the CBSE Class 10 board examination was discarded in 2010 and replaced with the current continuous and comprehensive evaluation that provides for tests and grading, which was devised to reduce pressure on the students.

(inputs: PTI)