The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister, Smriti Irani has been demanded by the CBSE Class X students to make class X board exams compulsory once again in schools. For last few years the students were made free to opt for the pressure of board exam or only give the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), which is a school-level exam in their class X. This was introduced through the Right to Education Act in 2011.
Initially many students opted for this method but now this number has started declining and the interest towards board exams have increased.
The centre has still not come to a particular decision. J Mohanty, principal, Delhi Public School, Nerul said, "It took a while for students to get used to the CCE pattern it and if this sudden change to compulsory exams would be implemented, then it will again be a difficult move for the students. The CCE pattern was quite helpful for all the students to finish their basic education.
This year many schools in Navi Mumbai have not witnessed even a single child opting for the school exams option. s Rakesh Joshi, principal, Apeejay School, Nerul said, " In the initial year, almost half of the batch selected to take school-based exams, but this year not even a single student of our school opted for the same.”
Actually these are only the competitive and ambitious students, especially toppers, who do not prefer the CCE pattern. "This pattern is actually very beneficial, but the state board has ruined it for the students. Because it has been made mandatory for the students be a part of the school exams to pursue admission in any of the colleges under the Mumbai University. Lack of CBSE junior colleges urge students to opt for the option of board exams as they have to anyway face it for class XII," says Ravindra Kamat, parent of a student who has opted for the board exams like many others.