"The consensus that we have reached is historic. The states said that they were ready to move ahead together," said Sibal after meeting the states' education ministers on Monday, Aug 31.
The students would be graded on the basis of their performance over the academic year. However, if the students do no appear for the class 10 boards they need to take their Class 12 exams from the same school.
For many, the grading system seems a better option.
"A much awaited change has come. Change will be questioned initially. The modalities are being done with a lot of care. There is nothing better than a comprehensive and continuous evaluation," said Modern School Principal Lata Vaidyanathan.
"There is too much commercialisation because of hype around 10th. More than 90 per cent of children go for tuitions and that is an additional cost to regular fees," said a parent.
The CBSE would release the details of the new system in the next three-four days.