NCERT recommends measures to reduce exam stress

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New Delhi, Mar 3 (UNI) In view of increasing number of cases of exam-related stress, the NCERT has suggested several measures to reduce exam stress by making class tenth board examination optional, among others, the government was informed today.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Human Resource Development M A A Fatmi said, ''The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005, prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has suggested ways to reduce exam stress such as no board or state level examinations at other stages of schooling, such as class V, VIII or XI, as a long term measure, making the class X examination optional, thus permitting students continuing in the same school to take an internal school examination and elimination of the terminology of 'pass'/'fail'.'' Among the other recommendations made by the NCF are bringing about a flexibility in examination time and choice of subject, continuous and comprehensive evaluation and internal assessment and differential levels of the difficulty in subjects.

However, the minister said, the NCERT has only an advisory role in the matter and it is upto the school examination boards to adopt the recommendations.

In reply to another question, the minister said under the Eleventh Five Year Plan, the Government has targetted to open 20000 primary schools, 70000 upper primary schools, construction of 8.87 lakh additional classrooms, 1500 hostels and provide 4.68 lakh teachers.

''Under secondary education, the target is to provide a school within five kms of any habitation during the Eleventh Plan period.

To achieve this objective, the Central Government has decided to implement a centrally sponsored scheme for universalisation of access to and improvement of quality of education at a secondary stage,''the minister said.

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