Centre for single board for class XII

Posted on 2009-06-26
NEW DELHI: In far-reaching reforms, government on Thursday proposed making 10th board examination optional and setting up of a single school board at the national level for a uniform examination for class 12.
A new scheme of interest subsidy on educational loans for professional courses by economically weaker students will be launched in the first 100 days of the UPA government, HRD Minister, Mr Kapil Sibal told reporters here.
We must detraumatise education. It cannot be traumatic for parents and children. This is unacceptable,” the Minister said unveiling the education agenda. Government will also introduce a system to replace the present assessment procedure of giving marks with grades which will reduce stress, he said.
The single board would replace 33 boards in the country including CBSE and CISCE and hold a uniform examination for all students on the pattern of combined law admission test being organised for admission to law institutions. “By appearing in a single board, a student can decide which university he wants to go. It is happening in the law (courses). The aim is to reduce the trauma,” he said adding that states would be consulted on the issue.
Taking note of students and their parents complaining of sleepless nights at the time of board examinations, Mr Sibal said the government wants to make 10th examinations optional for students wishing to continue in the same school.
If a student is wanting to go for pre-university course, he may appear for 10th board exam. But in case of a student pursuing the course in the same school, he need not appear in the class 10 exam for promotion to class 11,” Mr Sibal said, adding that an internal assessment would suffice.
Government will review the functioning of existing deemed universities which have come under spotlight following allegations of heavy capitation fee charged by some of these institutions. An autonomous overarching authority for higher education and research based on the recommendations of Yashpal Committee and the National Knowledge Commission would be established.
Mr Sibal said a law will be enacted to prevent, prohibit and punish educational malpractices.
For the disadvantaged sections of the society, Equal Opportunity Offices would be created in all universities, he said adding a new policy on distance learning would be formulated. The ambitious bill to provide free and compulsory education to children in the age group of 6 to 14 will be taken up during the budget session.
The government also wants to set up an All India Madrassa Board which will award degrees equivalent to CBSE and other boards. The board will frame policy to impart secular and technical education to Muslims without interfering with the religious teachings. “We will strive to evolve a consensus on this issue,” he said.