It has been 3 years since the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) made board exams optional for Class 10 students; yet, parents and students are in dilemma, whether to choose the school-based exam or boards. The CBSE receives most queries related to School-based Examination option and its objective, as revealed by the analysis of list of frequently asked questions answered by the CBSE board.
Though exam reform was much debated nationally, and detailed measures were taken to obtain feedback on whether it could be implemented successfully in the country, many CBSE school authorities still are not clear with this option.
CBSE Chennai regional officer T S Rao informed that New schools are more doubtful about the reform and frequently queries about it, whereas the older schools adopts it fine, with no doubts about how and why it can be done.
CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi recently asserted about the success of the new reform nationwide. He also mentioned about an analysis done for the Class 12 board exam results of the 2012-13 batch, which revealed that the students who did not go for the board exam in Class 10 fared better in attaining scores as well as marks.
Seeing the doubts among parents as well as schools for school-board, the CBSE has permitted the students to clarify any related query, by dialing a toll free number- 1800 11 8004 and can speak to counsellors about any query related to the exam or the stress it gives.
The counsellers can also be contacted through CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in by clicking on the helpline icon.
Around 1.28 lakh students in Class 10 will appear in either school-based or board exam in Chennai region this year, out of which 28,000 would belong to Tamil Nadu schools. The Chennai region includes CBSE schools from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Daman and Diu.
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