Students of Delhi government schools will have to write the compulsory Class 10 board examinations based on the complete syllabus. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has rejected the AAP government’s demand that students should be judged on half the syllabus on the semester exam format.Sources said the CBSE — the country’s largest education board — has written to the Delhi government, saying norms cannot be diluted just for one state. The Delhi government had written to the CBSE, arguing that Class 10 students should be evaluated on only half the syllabus for two years as they aren’t ready enough to face the tough test. The CBSE had last year made Class 10 examinations compulsory from this next academic session (2017-18) after widespread criticism of the earlier system of optional tests and automatic promotion.“After receiving their request, we sent them a letter saying we can’t allow this at this juncture as board exams have been made compulsory. We can’t have different rules for different states. They will have to follow the same system,” said a senior CBSE official.
The board officials said a semester-based assessment couldn’t be called a board examination, which had to be based on an annual syllabus. Last December, the CBSE made Class 10 exam compulsory in its schools, doing away with a policy formed five years ago that offered a choice to students to opt for the board-conducted finals or let the institution assess their performance. The previous policy was roundly criticised for lower performance levels among children and blamed for falling test scores.The decision was taken by the governing body of the CBSE, which runs more than 18,000 schools in the country, including government schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas and private institutions. A Central Board of Secondary Education notification earlier this month said students appearing for the Class 10 exam will have to study the complete year’s syllabus and score 33% in both theory and internal assessment to pass. To roll out compulsory Class 10 board examination in 2018, schools will have to start internal assessment from this year. Unlike other states, Delhi does not have its own education board and is affiliated to the CBSE.
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