21/12/2016 8:22 AM IST | Updated 21/12/2016 8:46 AM IST

Class X Board Exam Back In CBSE Schools, Eligibility Test For Principals

The first exam is to be conducted in March, 2018.

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Following a seven-year-long hiatus, the Governing Body of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to restore the Class X board exam.

The first exam is to be conducted in March, 2018, in more than 18,000 CBSE-affiliated schools, with 80 percent weightage given to the board exam and 20 percent to internal assessments. "It was a unanimous decision of the members of the GB on the matter. The matter was discussed threadbare and in principle it was decided to restore the exams scheme of pre-CCE period," said R.K. Chaturvedi, chairperson of CBSE.

Two years after the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) was introduced in 2009, the Class X board exam was made optional. But the majority of stakeholders were in favour of restoring the Class X exam, according to a survey conducted by the CBSE, The Times of Indiareported today.

In addition to restoring the Class X board exam, the CBSE board has also decided to implement the three-language formula up to Class X, and to introduce an eligibility test for principals.

The three language formula, which is currently implemented till Class VIII, requires students from Hindi-speaking states to learn a modern Indian language, apart from Hindi and English, The Indian Express reported. In non-Hindi-speaking states, students are required to learn Hindi along with the regional language and English.

On the eligibility test for principals, a governing board member told the newspaper, "We've noticed that wives and relatives of the schools owner/owners end up becoming principals. That's not the ideal qualification to head a school. So CBSE will design a test on the lines of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test for principals too which they have to pass."

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