In a decision that is likely to revolutionise the school education system, the Council of Boards of School Education in India (Cobse) has decided in principle to make the standard X board examinations optional. The alternative it has suggested is a grading system to evaluate students.
Though this will happen only from the year 2010 – 11, I feel relieved to know this. At a tender age of 15 years, the board exams were too heavy a load for the children. Especially, for children who cannot mug before the exams…but are intelligent and innovative ( precisely who can think well ) !
Mostly all schools do have XI and XII standards, so why should anyone take board exams, if he can continue in the same school. The education system should inculcate continuous studying and help in thinking process….a skill required by anyone throughout his / her life.
Will the other boards like HSC, ICSE follow the step taken by CBSE…is yet to be seen.