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State opposes Sibal's no-exam plan

Last updated: 27 June, 2009
Bangalore, DH News Service : 1:14 IST

The State government on Friday took a contrary stand on the Union Human Resource Development ministrys proposal to make Class X board examinations optional.

Speaking to reporters here, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Visvesvara Hegde Kageri said SSLC students will have to continue appearing for the board examinations.

Kageri’s reactions came in the wake of Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal’s statement on Thursday that the Centre favoured a single school board which would hold a uniform examination for all students across the country.

In fact, Kageri went a step further, criticising Sibal’s proposal as “impractical and “unilateral.” It is another matter that the state government has no jurisdiction over CBSE schools.

Consultations

Kageri said the Centre should have consulted all stakeholders, including state governments, before announcing the move. “While the state government is not against examination reforms, scrapping exams or having uniform syllabus is no solution for the present problems plaguing the education system. What is required is a comprehensive review of the content,” he said.

The government will place its views before the Centre soon. The Minister said the country first needed to pull itself out of the “colonial-style” education, adding that the learning system need to be more knowledge based.

Kageri said having a uniform education system across the country would only result in creating problems, especially for first generation learners.

This year, around eight lakh students in the state appeared for the SSLC examination conducted by the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB), while 30,000 appeared for class X exams conducted by the CBSE in the State.

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