Govt to make class X examination optional: Sibal

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Kapil Sibal
New Delhi, Jun 25: Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) on Thursday, Jun 25 said that the government would make class X examination optional as it should not be a source of trauma for students and parents.

Kapil Sibal in a press conference said, "This is unacceptable. We must detraumatise education system. We will reform it and make Class X examination optional."

The minster also said that the education and examination should not be a source of tension for students and their parents and for that the present system of assessment of student's achievement would have to be changed.

He also said, "the examination system would be reformed in accordance with the National Curriculum framework-2005. This will make the class X examination optional, thus permitting students continuing in the same school (and who do not need a board certificate) to take an internal assessment instead.This will be done in 100 days."

Further, the minister said that all step should be taken to enact the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, which seeks to make education a fundamental right of every child in the age group of six to 14 years. "The bill should be passed in this session so that every child is given statutory right to education," he added.

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