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Board Exams X Here Again

When HRD Minister Kapil Sibal decided to make the Class X board examination optional, there were several criticisms to the idea. First, it doesn’t eliminate tension as the student still has to go through Class XII board exams.  In 2009, two-thirds of the high schools did not continue till Class XII. This forced the students to either quit education after Class X or seek admission in a senior secondary school. In such cases, Class X board exam certificate is essential for providing some authentic barometer to judge a child’s capability using which he can paint his future. The effects of this would be hardest ion lower classes and according to scholars, the decision was primarily anti-SC/ST/OBC and Muslims too. Third, the decision camouflages the abdication of state’s responsibility of its constitutional mandate to ensure education of equitable quality to all children, irrespective of their caste, class sex, religion, locale, language, or disability.

Recently, the CBSE reversed the 2009 decision thereby making Class X Board exams mandatory. The upcoming National Policy on Education, 2016 is bound to worsen the situation. The new policy wants to reduce education to skills. Education is incomplete without interweaving skills organically with knowledge and values. Education cannot be replaced by only skills. Then there is “No Detention Policy” of the RTE Act, 2009 which withholds expelling /detaining any child from school till Class VIII. While children are not being “failed”, education is not being improved either. 

People must struggle for an education system that includes diversities and excludes disparity.

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