Reality Check India

CBSE Class X boards scrapped. The Why.

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on September 8, 2009

Its official now, there are going to be no board exams for Std X students from 2011. The TV channels are showing clips of Delhi students rejoicing, some of them holding iPhones in their hands. It is almost surreal, the media makes it appear that all of India studies in Springdales School at Nainital.

Fact is this : The Std X board are really an annoyance and source of unnecessary tension to wealthy kids and their parents who are already studying in top notch schools.  These top notch schools themselves do not like the boards because there is no weight for horse riding. These students are virtually guaranteed seats in Class XI and see no reason why they should be exposed to the grind of ‘anonymous evaluation like their drivers kids’. In these elite places, there is complete consensus on abolishing the boards.

Back to the policies effect on the normal schools.

The policy itself reeks of thoughtlessness. It virtually guarantees isolation of CBSE students from the state board junior colleges and schools.  This blog has covered it in detail here , Barbarindian here, and Atanu Dey’s take on it here.

Three things that stand out :

  • Board exams are scrapped but they are not scrapped. You can still take them if you want to or transferring to another system.
  • Marks are scrapped but they are not scrapped.  You will be given marks along with your grades !
  • ICSE has been left out of this

Let us get back to the main political issue. The fake socialist state seeks more and more control of your personal destiny. It relentlessly seeks to make ever so little encroachments into your ability to decide your own future. This decision of the HRD has far reaching consequence and has the explosive potential to completely cement the existing political setup in place.

Consider this :

Sibal said that class X exam will be made optional in CBSE for the batch of 2010-11, the states may follow the pattern based on the experience of the central board.

Source : HT

You can bet the states will fall in line. It is really tempting, everyone is looking for ways to compact the free agent voters and to consolidate the committed voters. All this at the expense of a social justice platform meant for the backward.

  • Until now, the really smart kids could expect some amount of insulation from the ‘great regime that decides what you become’.
  • The grading system which says everyone above 90% is the same is an unbelievable leveler. For example, in 2004 there were 2000 100% marks and 1400 medical seats. You can imagine what effect a 90% cutoff for A grade would have.
  • Due to limited availability of seats, everyone will seek tie breakers. This is where the politician will bring issues like caste, religion, recommendations, political give and take, economic give and take.
  • The students who gain from this leveling AND who are in rigid favorable political birth groups will develop a natural affinity to the political forces which gifted them this leveler. It is human nature.

Irrespective of differing views on other issues, most Indians viewed the anonymous board exams as one of the few areas they could be truly free.  Sibal  just laid this to rest.

To the media: Could you ask your screamers to please stop calling him Cybill ?

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  1. Barbarindian said, on September 8, 2009 at 5:47 am

    The ICSE has been left out because of objections from missionary schools. A good exercise of truth and dare for Kapil Sibal would be to mandate this for ALL board exams and make it compulsory for plus two schools to accept students strictly according to the grade without favoring incumbents.

  2. makku said, on September 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Whatever reasons the wealthy might have,will it also not liberate the ordinary student from the tyranny of exams?This might prove to be the great leveller.Students pursuing something for which they have aptitude/interest.Good teaching/teachers might come back to schools.
    I am not saying Govt can decree this or evaluation can be done way.But may be we will have more rationality/diversity.This might spur development of decent schools though there is likelihood of really good students being hurt in the short term.But then that is a ‘desirable’ outcome in our ‘socialist’ society.
    I dont think the level headed middle castes will blindly follow`Delhi on this.They are still not ‘hedonist’ like the dilli billis nor do they have intellectual pretensions like the fat cats in dilli.

  3. rc said, on September 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    >>This might prove to be the great leveller.Students pursuing something for which they have aptitude/interest.Good teaching/teachers might come back to schools.

    Not when there is shortage.

    When there is shortage, there needs to be tie breakers. This scheme will not liberate the average student but will make him subservient to the adhoc whim of the elected. This is not to mention that average will be the new above average.

    This is the duck in the ointment.

  4. Neil said, on January 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Where is the shortage of “seats” from X to XII people?

  5. rc said, on January 6, 2010 at 7:46 am

    >> Where is the shortage of “seats” from X to XII people?

    I dont know. Let me ask the people who sleep over night in queues in front of school gates to be able to get admission forms.

  6. tarun said, on May 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Is cbse board making grading system to eliminate toppers?
    The teachers never said till last year that she will 90 marks down to 70 marks to any student now she openly remarks to change A grades to D grades . Is this an introduction of curruption at the school level ?
    How’ll Mr. Sibal introduce character in the teacher’s who r giving mental depression’s to little brains?
    Only resolution to the new system can be by external checking to give fair justise to the average high IQ brains
    THANK’s

  7. X boards | Shihtzu4you said, on May 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    […] CBSE Class X boards scrapped. The Why. « Reality Check IndiaFact is this : The Std X board are really an annoyance and source of unnecessary tension to wealthy kids and their parents who are already studying in top notch schools.  These top notch schools themselves do not like the boards because there is no weight for horse riding. […]


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