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Making CBSE board examination optional
It is true that examinations are a necessary yardstick. The pressure of studies can be eased in so many different ways, like increasing the number of seats in educational institutions and doing away with quotas.
THE CENTRAL Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made the Class-X board examination optional and allowed internal assessment in which the pattern of questions would be like MCQs, unlike those in the board examination.

One thing is clear. All public schools shall carry on with board examinations as compulsory. Yes, for the ones they might be expecting to perform below 60 per cent they might force them to opt out for optional.

Really, does any parent or student want to be considered a dud? No. Human Resource and Development Ministry is hurting the confidence and trust of vulnerable student community and above all it is making teachers exploit the students financially due to formative assessment being a tougher tool in their hands than the erstwhile ruler or a slap.

It is true that examinations are a necessary yardstick. The pressure of studies can be eased in so many different ways, like increasing the number of seats in educational institutions and doing away with quotas. The education system can be modernised and made more student-friendly.
 
A lenient approach can be taken while grading. The examinations can be made simpler and easier so that students get their rewards according to their talents or intelligence. If the unfairness in the system can be removed, then the students will benefit automatically. Hence, there is no need for making the Class X board examinations optional. Viewing from the point of student, it is a deplorable situation as there is neither check on his education nor any kind of tenacity on his part to concentrate on his studies.

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