On CABE's agenda list today:
- Reviving Class X Board exams
- No-detention policy
- Improvement of learning outcomes
- Joyful learning
- Co-location of anganwadis near primary schools
- Rationalisation behind posting of teachers in rural areas
- Re-engaging school dropouts
- Improving condition of government schools
- Skill and technical education in school and higher education system
- Extension of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act to pre-school and secondary education.
Will the Class 10 Board exams be compulsory from next year? Will the no-detention policy be scrapped? A Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting on Tuesday will discuss these issues along with several other important ones.
The other points of discussion will include improvement of learning outcomes, joyful learning and co-location of anganwadis near primary schools, rationalisation behind posting teachers in rural areas, re-engaging school dropouts, improving the condition of government schools, skill and technical education in school and higher education system, and extension of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act to pre-school and secondary education.
The high-profile meeting will be presided over by Prakash Javadekar, Union minister of Human Resource Development. Higher Education Secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi and education ministers of the states will also be present at the CABE meeting..
The current government is also working towards a New Education Policy. The resolution of the CABE meeting will have a significant effect on the new policy.
One of the important points to be discussed is the reintroduction of the Class X Board exams. "Except CBSE, no other boards have introduced the optional scheme of Class X exam. The duality of the scheme under CCE (Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation) creates confusion, especially in terms of national parity in secondary level examination standards. The number of students opting for School Based Exam (scheme I) for Class X is insignificant in comparison with the national size on the number of students appearing in Class X board examinations," notes a document on Agenda Items of the 64th CABE meeting.