For far too long in our education system, the joy of learning has been eclipsed by the fear and anxiety of looming examinations. From a very young age, children have been forced on to the bandwagon of competitive education. Scoring a higher percentage and securing a better rank are valued more than the pursuit of knowledge. It is not completely untrue to state that the entire society can be held accountable to this state of education. Whether it is the needling pressure from the parents, or the terrifying cut-off lists unveiled every year by the prestigious colleges, the joys of a student’s adolescence can be vanquished in the effort of securing higher marks in his or her examinations! Do the students not deserve a more peaceful and a more carefree childhood?
The evermore friendly Central Board of Secondary Education certainly seems to think so! In a twist from the ways of hitherto education system, the Class 10 Board exams will be completely done away with from the academic year 2013-14. This declaration is neither abrupt, nor taken unilaterally. Rather, the strong decision has been taken after considering the choices that hundreds of thousands of students have made over the last two years when offered the option of choosing between central board exams and internal board exams. When the option was offered the first time around, roughly 50% of the students chose to opt for the internal board exams. The number surged to almost 90% the following year, which prompted the authorities to make the internal board exam mandatory.
With a gradual transition from external board exams to internal exams, everyone including the students, parents and teachers has been given an opportunity to familiarize with and accept the new system. The internal board exams have proceeded with the introduction of the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) program initiated by the CBSE. In this system, a concentrated effort will be made to evaluate the child over the course of the year, instead of deciding his or her fate on the basis of one day’s exam. On its part, the Board will release several formats of the same question paper. It is up to the school to choose the format that best suits their system of teaching. The Board will also ensure through random verifications, that each school is evaluating their students fairly and accurately.
Benefits of Internal Board Exam
A school based evaluation system has many things going its way. To begin with, the Class 10 exams will no longer be an organizational nightmare! The students can write their exams in the comfort and familiarity of their own schools. There has been a conscious effort to change the system of education from being focused on exams, to being focused on learning. An internal exam relieves the child of the undue stress, nervousness and anxiety that comes with an external board exam. When the pressure of the strict exam-oriented system is lifted, the child is free to explore and discover his world. An overwhelming percentage of children have already shown their approval for such a system! For a child who is assured that his life will not be judged by an exam, knowledge is pursued eagerly and learning becomes a delight!