Raje makes class 8 boards compulsory

With an intention to improve the quality of education, Rajasthan government is going  to introduce a mandatory board examination for all students of Class 8.

Students will be promoted to next standard only if they pass this board examination. The new changes are likely to be introduced from next academic session in the state.

Under Right to Education rules students till class 8 can’t be failed, but BJP has been opposing provisions with their clue that such rules are denting the potential and efficiency of kids.

“Government is in the process of making class 8 board exams mandatory for all government schools and other schools affiliated to Rajasthan board,” said Minister for School Education Vasudev Devnani.

“Proposal in this regard has been drafted. The new system may come in force from next academic session,” the minister added.

Till last year, class 8 examinations were conducted at school level but immediately after coming to power BJP introduced an option of board exams for students.

Presently students have the option to either opt for board exam or take internal examination conducted by school.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria have been constantly alleging previous Congress and UPA government for working on direction of western powers to ruin the education system of country.

“The laws stating that no student can be failed till class 8 has been constituted on directions of USA. They don’t want our kids to excel globally,” said Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje at a function.

“But we are in process to make alternative arrangement of conducting exams. We will soon introduce new provisions to ensure that potential and efficiency of our kids is not destroyed by any means,” added Raje.

BJP government had already decided to introduce board exams in class 8 which was clearly mentioned in the election manifesto released before Assembly election.

Sources in education department said that 80 per cent marks will be awarded to students on basis of their performance in board exams, while 20 per cent marks will be given by school after evaluating performance of the kids in other activities.

“Performance of students is constantly deteriorating in class 10 and 12 board exams. It’s due to the absence of board exam and not failing the students till class 8.
Students are not taking their studies seriously as they are aware of the fact that no one can fail them,” said a senior BJP leader.

Rajasthan was one of the states which has been conducting class 8 board exams since 1997.

After implementation of Right to Education act these board exams were scrapped from 2009.

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