HRD does away with Std X board
Mr Kapil Sibal makes Class X boards optional. Apparently, it is causing sleepless nights :
“We must detraumatise education. It cannot be traumatic for parents and children. This is unacceptable,”
This is how it is going to work !
“If a student wants to go for pre-university course, he may appear for 10th board exam. But in case of a student pursuing the course in the same school, he need not appear in the class-10 exam for promotion to class-11,” Sibal said, adding that an internal assessment would suffice.
Source : IE
Even on cursory examination, this makes no sense. If a Std X student can take her place for granted in the same school and her chosen discipline, then surely the Std X board exam is not traumatic at all. If the student cannot take her place for granted, then this “internal” exam will be just as traumatic as the boards. In fact, it will be even more traumatic because the internal exam of one school will never be accepted by others.So it is here or nowhere. Besides elite schools will simply lock down their admissions at KG level to XII leaving no room for entry at XI level.
Like all issues in India, this one too will escape scrutiny.
I cant find it in the online media, but Mr Sibal also mentioned that eventually even the Std XII exams will be done away with. More on it when I can cite a news story.
An even more significant announcement is this :
Government will also introduce a system to replace the present assessment procedure of giving marks with grades which will reduce stress, he said.
Source : IE
Reader of this blog will know that we are incorrigible. We first start by assuming that the nature of the socialist state will root all its policies in creating and then nurturing narrow interests. So bear with us, while we analyze this.
Without marks, an ‘A grade’ will cover both the 99% student and 92% student. It may be a stress buster for the 92% student, but it will leave the 99% student stranded.
Remember we have a shortage of quality higher education options. With this smoothening system (ie grades) in place, suddenly the claimants for a single seat will shoot up. This means artificial devices created by the politicians like caste benefits, deprivation index, religious benefits assume monumental significance. You simply cannot study your way out of the political pipewrench.
The idea of a single board sounds good on paper, but tough to implement. I cant see any state agreeing to this.
Bottomline : I am not even sure there is a problem with the current system. It just aint broke.
See related post : The exam difficulty control knob (What do dead easy exams mean ? )