Left flays plan to scrap class X exam, Gujarat govt favours

 While the Left Front governments in West Bengal and Kerala took strong exception to it, the BJP dispensation in Gujarat supported the idea of doing away with board exams.

Opposing HRD Minister Kapil Sibal’s plan of reforms, West Bengal Minister for School Education Partha Dey said the 10th standard board exam should not be done away with.

He added the 10th standard board examination could not be scrapped as it helped in the evaluation of the student’s level of competence and indicated which course of study he should pursue.

Similarly, the LDF government in Kerala voiced reservation against the plan and called for a meeting of state education ministers to discuss the issue.

“The move to scrap the SSLC (10th class) examination will come as a shock to the people of Kerala who attach much importance to the examination,” Education Minister M A Baby said. Education being a subject in the Concurrent list of the Constitution and the country having a federal set up, it was important that the states be consulted to arrive at a consensus before the proposals were implemented, he said.

The Gujarat government, however, backed the move of the Union government.
“We welcome the Union Ministry’s proposal. No doubt, board exams at 10th and 12th cause stress on the students, parents and also on the system to conduct exam,” state government spokesman and Health Minister Jayanarayan Vyas said.

Educationists and students in Delhi gave a mixed reaction to the Centre’s move.
“Different schools follow different patterns of evaluation in their junior classes. So, class X exam has a particular role,” Annie Koshi, Principal, St Mary’s school, said. “Examination at that particular point gives certain level of standardisation to schools,” she added. Father Herman Castellino, Principal, St Xaviers Boy Academy, saw the proposal as a positive step forward.

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