At a meeting recently held in New Delhi by the Central Advisory Board of Education, all the states reached to a consensus that Board exams would get re-introduced in the fifth and eighth standard. The Madhya Pradesh State Advisory Council recently approved the proposal and sent it to the union ministry for approval. The School Education minister Paras Jain also took part in the meeting that was headed by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani.
Madhya Pradesh has long been issuing the claims to restart the board exams for class 5 and 6. The requirement was felt in light of the Right to Education Act 2009 which further saw decline in academic level of the students. During the last year Manish Jain had also apprised Union HRD Minister for the same.
From the next academic year the board exams would make a comeback once the states give away their written consent over the matter discussed at the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting that was recently held in New Delhi. Jain has presented a memorandum in this regard as well to the participant states. According to Jain, the provision of not failing any student up to class 8 is actually declining the academic level of the students and thus needs to be taken care off. This has also restricted the schools to assess the teaching quality of the teachers as well. According to him assessments and teacher availability in schools is a must and there should be minimum one teacher and separate classroom for every class in primary and middle schools.