It was recently reported that Class X boards are likely to return from the year 2018. We asked our reporters if they felt boards are necessary for education in India.

For the Better of Students

I strongly believe that class X  boards deserve a comeback. On the rationale factor, boards are perfect for providing standardisation and uniformity in the education field and ensuring quality of education among schools. Considering the ground realities, the last session witnessed a significant number of government school students failing in class XI, as evaluation system became more demanding at the senior school level. No real learning could take place under CCE system and boards do come with major breakthrough in such circumstances.

This  standardisation along with ensuring fair play and quality, also helps students. Class X board exams act as a net practice for class XII exams. The entire examination process should be taken as an experience that teaches the 15-16 year old teenagers to handle and tackle stress and most importantly inculcate habits and life skills, like time-management, prioritisation, planning, scheduling etc.

Of the controversy since the beginning of the decision, it was reported that, “The Maharashtra government ruled that only those CBSE students who took the board exams were eligible to apply to junior colleges through the centralised admission process (CAP).”

Those who claim CCE is a better system to assess a child than boards for their holistic development, let me reiterate that the system of CCE requires highly skilled teachers, which aren’t available in public schools. With an already shortage of teachers in India, this makes the execution of this idea impossible at so many levels.

Class X boards are actually a mandate for us to see the standards of education of India growing. Good marks scored in exams act as a basis for scholarship. And this will be a major step in pushing students and helping them prepare for a better future.

Simran Sachdeva



More Harm than Good

I don’t believed that the current CCE pattern is perfect – there’s definitely room for improvement, but I think standardised, compulsory boards have more harms than benefits.
The current pattern is more involving. Instead of dusting off my books to study three months before board exams, I am forced to constantly refer to my curriculum, for FAs and school tests. The current pattern is more forgiving: success is not an absolute result. And more importantly, we cannot allow our children to be moulded by a mentality which dictates that percentages are the final evaluation of your success.
The current pattern is more accommodating: I wish to pursue higher studies in the United States, where colleges assess you as a holistic individual. They go beyond your transcripts (not that those aren’t important) and take into consideration your contributions to the world. Grades 10 and 11 become the most significant years for students applying abroad, because they’re the best time to explore and hone your skills, as well as give back to society.
The system in itself is very ambiguous: From syllabus to checking, every aspect of this standardised testing system is protected from scepticism, and features anomalies every year. That results in students taking on undue pressure, just to ensure they’re able to cover everything. I’ve grown up listening to rumours about the terrors of getting a board paper rechecked, and math papers which can give your class topper nightmares.
Boards send out a very clear message. To do well, or be branded incompetent: India is a society which will probably care more about the double digit number printed in your report card than the fact that their sons are growing up as threats to society. The point being, our entire education system, our conception of success, is dependent entirely on marks. We have more substance than numbers. We always will. Then why are we assessed based solely on ONE set of numbers?

Lusha Jetley