On Saturday, school education minister Varsha Gaikwad announced that all students up to Std VIII will be promoted to the next academic level without an exam. For Std IX and XI, a decision will be taken soon. The remaining students, of Std X and XII, will appear for their board exams as per schedule.
Parent of a Std VI student, who attends a well-known CBSE school in Wardhaman Nagar, said there needs to be a uniform policy. “The decision taken by the state government is fantastic and I can only hope that CBSE follows through with a similar policy to benefit our kids,” said the parent.
CBSE, however, won’t be making the decision unilaterally, rather it will follow instructions from the Ministry of Education. Last year too, education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had made the announcement directing CBSE to promote all students up to Std VIII. That decision was made in the first week of April last year, so it’s expected that soon something similar will be announced.
The reason decisions are taken separately for students up to Std VIII, is because they come under the purview of the Right to Education (RTE) Act. This act mandates that no student be held back till Std VIII. So, even if a student fails in the final exam, remedial classes and re-exams are taken till he/she clears the test. Eventually, every school pushes kids onwards to the next class.
Since Std IX-XII are outside of RTE’s purview, students have to appear for exams and qualify for the next academic level. While Std X and XII students appear for board exams, it’s the Std IX and XI students who have to clear their institute’s internal exams. So it’s for these students that the Maharashtra government is working out a strategy, where they can be assessed without the need for them being called to school.
As per sources, CBSE school students can expect a similar decision this month itself.