Kapil Sibal says 10th Board exam not compulsory, can opt for grade system

NewDelhi: It is happy news for those who are worried about exams. The CBSE students can now opt for grading system instead of final exams. The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal on Thursday proposed several key initiatives as part of his ministry’s 100 days agenda. Kapil Sibal had unveiled United Progressive Alliance agenda on education reforms.  Financial News Paper The Hindu Business Line given a brief note of Kapil Sibal plans on education. Here is the gist:
“The Minister of Human Resource Development, Mr Kapil Sibal, on Thursday, proposed the formation of an autonomous overarching regulatory and assessment authority for higher education which would subsume the University Grants Commission, the All-India Council of Technical Education and the Medical Council of India.
This is in line with the recommendations of the Professor Yashpal Committee and the National Knowledge Commission. Also, there will be a review of the functioning of existing ‘deemed universities’.
Mr Sibal unveiled a slew of legislative, policy and administrative initiatives for the education sector during the first 100 days of the Government.
One of the key initiatives is that the Class 10 Board examinations should be made optional along with putting a grading system in place for Standard Nine and 10 in schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education.
“We must de-traumatise education. It cannot be traumatic for parents and children. This is unacceptable,” the Minister said at the unveiling of the education agenda. Mr Sibal’s first 100-day plan for the education sector includes looking at the possibility of a law to create an independent accreditation body in school education. “

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