Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)‘s class 10 students can now opt for a vocational subject as the sixth subject. Under the revised scheme, if a student fails in one of the three elective subjects - science, mathematics and social science, its marks will be replaced by the marks scored in vocational subject. However, if a candidate desires to reappear for the failed subject he/she can appear in the compartment examination.
The provision was approved by the governing body in a meeting held on Thursday. According to a board member, “With the restoration of the class X board exam and revision of the scheme of the exam, everyone had a feeling that under this remodeled assessment structure, vocational subjects must be given emphasis.”
In March 2017, Board had released a circular mandating six subjects for class 10 from current academic session, i.e., 2017-2018. According to the circular, students will have 13 options to choose from for the sixth subject. They are-Dynamics of Retailing, Information Technology, Security, Automobile Technology, Introduction to Financial Market, Introduction to Tourism, Beauty and Wellness, Basic Agriculture, Food Production, Front Office Operations, Banking and Insurance, Marketing and Sales, and Health Care Services.
For the vocational subject maximum marks will be 100, out of which the board exam will be of 50 marks, and rest 50 marks are allocated to internal assessment/practical examination.
A candidate will have to score 33 per cent marks in both board exam and practical exam to pass the subject.
The members of the governing body also had a discussion on the moderation policy where CBSE chairperson RK Chaturvedi informed the members about Human Resource Development Ministry’s Inter Board Working Committee to look after the curriculum, examination and assessment schemes adopted by various school boards.
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