No call on CBSE Class 10 Boards, states free to decide 'no detention' for Classes 5 & 8: Javadekar

Ipsita Sarkar @piercingharmony | First published: 26 October 2016, 1:23 IST
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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is yet to take a call on making the CBSE Class 10 Board examination compulsory.

"The matter of Class 10 exams lies with the CBSE, which is under the HRD ministry. We will soon take a decision in this regard separately," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, adding that all state boards currently conduct their own Class 10 board exams.

If reintroduced, the Class 10 Board exams will be held in 2018. "Students will be given enough time to prepare," he said.

The Class 10 board exams were scrapped six years ago in a bid to reduce the stress levels among students. However, recent surveys revealed that less than 4% parents opted for the exam in 2016. Concerns have also been raised about the declining academic standards of candidates.

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On the no-detention policy, Javadekar said that states are free to hold exams at Class 5 and Class 8 levels. If states decide to bring back the exams, students will receive a second chance at re-examination in July, he said.

Sources told Catch that most states openly opposed the no-detention policy at the CABE meeting.