Majority of Class X students still opt for board exam
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Despite the fact that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) under Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) had declared two years back that Class X students could appear for internal examination system, still a majority of them are opting for board exams.
This year for Class X, over 10,000 students preferred board examination while 4,500 opted for internal examination. In all, 11,966 Class X students are sitting for the examination in the Tricity.
In 2012, of the total 21,961 students, 14,590 had opted for board exams. However, the year 2011 witnessed confusion over the two options.
The difference between the board and the internal examination is that a student who opts for board examination has to take the papers at the centre allocated by CBSE and his papers are evaluated by examiners outside his school while in internal system, a student appears for examination in his school and his papers are checked by his teachers only.
CBSE regional director R J Khanderao says, "CBSE has provided an option to students either to opt for board or internal examination. So it is the discretion of the students depending upon their choice. Opting for board does not mean burdening CBSE."
CCE was introduced with an aim to make the teaching and learning process easy and to reduce examination- related pressure on the students. CCE was introduced for classes I to X. Under this system, instead of marks, grades are given to the students for their curricular and extra-curricular activities throughout the year.
Generally, parents want their children to opt for boards as they become serious in studies and can get an experience before appearing for Class XII board examination. "Children do not take internal examination seriously, so it is better if they opt for boards," says Mohan Lal, whose son is a student of Class X.
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