Appearing for class 10, 12 board exams twice a year will not be mandatory for students. Read Details
Education Minister Announces Optional Biannual Board Exams for Classes 10 and 12
Educational News: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has clarified that students in both Class 10 and Class 12 will have the flexibility to choose whether or not to take their Board Exams twice a year. This move comes as a part of a broader initiative to alleviate student stress and provide them with a more accommodating examination framework.
Why The Shift to Biannual Exams?
The primary intention behind introducing biannual board exams was to provide students with an extended opportunity. Previously, the single annual exam setup often led to high levels of stress among students due to the fear of underperformance in their one-shot chance.
Education Minister Pradhan, addressing this concern, stated, “The main objective is to reduce their stress caused by the fear of a single opportunity.” Now, students can opt to sit for both exams and will have the liberty to forward their higher score from either of the exams for their subsequent academic endeavors.
Flexibility in Curriculum and Subject Choice
The Ministry of Education’s revised curriculum framework brings with it a breath of fresh air. Students in classes 11 and 12 will now study two languages, up from the previous requirement of one.
Additionally, the rigid stream-based subject selection for these grades, traditionally divided into Arts, Science, and Commerce, is now more flexible. Students can now freely select their preferred subjects without being confined by streams.
Addressing Concerns Beyond Exams
The alarming rise in student suicides in Kota, the nation’s coaching hub, was not lost on the minister. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, Pradhan commented, “Kota student suicides is a sensitive issue; it’s our collective responsibility to ensure students remain stress-free.” He went on to emphasize the government’s commitment to reducing the dependency on coaching.
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Additionally, the Education Minister mentioned forthcoming guidelines for foreign universities aiming to set up campuses in India and hinted at the establishment of a new Central Advisory Board of Education to cater to the dynamic needs of the contemporary education landscape.
“Appearing for class 10, 12 board exams twice a year will not be mandatory for students. It will be completely optional and the main objective is to reduce their stress caused by the fear of single opportunity,” says Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
With this new approach, the Education Ministry aspires to implement the biannual board examination system from the upcoming year. Feedback from students regarding this revamped system has been largely positive.
In Pradhan’s words, “The students often get stressed thinking they lost a year or could have performed better.” This initiative aims to alleviate such concerns and provide a more student-friendly examination environment.
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