Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has announced that the government will re-introduce compulsory class X board examination for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools from the academic year 2017-18. The Class X board examinations can be re-introduced through an executive order. This proposal is expected to be tabled before the parliament after getting the necessary nod from the cabinet. However, the decision pertaining to the conduct of board examinations for class V and VIII will be left to the states. The HRD ministry has taken this stand with an objective to improve the quality of school education, especially of the government run schools.
Class X Board exams policy
Presently, class X board exams are optional for all CBSE students. The students can choose either school-based exams or board-based ones. In case of school-based exams, the exams are conducted within their own school and answers are evaluated by the teachers of the school. In case of board-based exams, the exam is conducted at an allotted centre and answers are evaluated at designated centres.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
The CBSE is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government. It affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), private schools and most of the other schools which have been approved by the Union Government. It conducts the final examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 every year in the month of March and declares their results.