The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), under the direction of the Union human resource development ministry, has decided to do away with class X exams in all schools that are affiliated to it from 2010. This decision is welcome. As we have argued in these columns India’s education system, ranging from school-level education to higher institutes of learning, is in serious need of reform if the country’s demographic dividend is to pay off. Introducing a degree of flexibility in the system by abolishing the class X boards is a good first step.
The implementation of this measure is a victory for HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who has been successful in alleviating the concerns of state education boards. They had previously expressed reservations about how a system without testing students in class X would work. However, many have since said that they will consider going the CBSE way if the method proves to be successful. That, hopefully, will be the case.
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