Class X Board Exams Compulsory for All From 2018, Foreign Languages to Go?

The CBSE has reversed its decision to allow students to opt for school level exam in lieu of the Board exams for Class X and made it compulsory for all CBSE students from 2018. In addition, the third language will now be extended till Xth Standard, if the CBSE recommendation is accepted.

At a CBSE’s Governing body meeting on Tuesday, it was “unanimously approved” to implement the new decision from the academic session 2017-18 for all students of Class X. However, the decision requires the nod from the government, which is expected to be positive.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has already hinted about this decision to make Board exam compulsory for CBSE students as is the practice in all state boards.

The CBSE has also recommended to the HRD ministry to implement the three language formula, under which Hindi, English and modern Indian language are taught, be extended to class IX and X, instead of the current practice to limit it from VI to VIII.

It also means the foreign languages will not form part of the third language henceforth and instead students will have a choice to opt for non-Indian languages as the fourth elective option. This may attract criticism as the foreign languages provide better employment opportunities to students.

Currently French, German and Japanese are offered as the third language options in some private schools, which may be discontinued if the CBSE recommendations are accepted by the HRD ministry.

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