Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has made a big statement regarding the class 10 and 12 board exams. In an exclusive interview with news agency PTI, the Union Education Minister said, ‘It will not be mandatory to appear in the 10th and 12th board exams twice a year.’ He further said that it will be completely optional and its main objective is to reduce students’ stress caused by the fear of a single opportunity.
CABE needs to be revamped
He further said, “The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is being restructured because its old version is too broad and the demands of today’s education system are different. At a time, when we are having a paradigm shift with the NEP, “CABE also needs to be revamped.” He said, “The objections raised by some states on the implementation of NEP are political, not academic. I am still unable to understand what they object to, West Bengal’s alternative document is 99 per cent similar to the NEP”
It is our collective responsibility to keep students stress-free
On the incidents of student suicide in Kota, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that no one’s precious life should be lost, “They are our children. It is our collective responsibility to keep the students stress-free.”
We are going to make a paradigm shift
The Union Education Minister said that guidelines for foreign universities to set up campuses in India are being discussed and will be notified soon. He said that we are going to make a paradigm shift, so we will move ahead after exploring all the possibilities and removing all the doubts. He further said, “Two IITs are already in the progressive stage of setting up their campuses abroad. Discussions are already going on with several countries that have expressed interest, the Ministry of External Affairs is coordinating it.”
In August, the centre implemented the updated curriculum framework to make the Indian education system more student-centric and holistic. According to the New Curriculum framework, the board exams will be held twice a year, with students having the option of keeping their top score, and class 11 and 12 students will be required to study two languages instead of one.