72% Class X students prefer 'optional' board exams

Two years after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) made the Class X board examinations optional, a large number of students are still choosing to appear for these.

The data for this year shows that 72 per cent of Class X students from across the Tricity have registered for board examinations instead of school examinations. Among 17,458 students from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali who will be appearing

for the Class X exams, as many as 12,460 students have registered for board examinations.

CBSE regional officer R J Khanderao says, "This year, the number of students who are appearing for Class X exams has increased by 10%. We had around 13,000 to 15,000 students who had appeared for Class X exams last year but this year, we have more than 17,000 students."

"Going by the data we have compiled, it seems that the students are still opting for board exams against the school exams. Of the total number of Class X students, only 5,051 students have opted for school examinations," he adds.

Madhu Bahl, principal of KBDAV, Sector 7, says, "The board exams becoming optional for the students have not made a huge difference as in our school, more than 90% of the students have opted for them."

The students who would be appearing for the board exams assert that they have been taking exams for 10 years but the board exams bring along the required seriousness.

"The difference between the board exams and the general exams is that more effort is required. It prepares us for competition in the future," says Shalin Gupta, a Class X student.

H S Mamik, principal of Vivek High School, says, "The final choice has been left to the students but they should know that board exams are relatively easier than the school exams. CBSE is working a lot towards improving the education system, which is why they made the board exams optional but now the provisions are such that board exams have become a lot easier."

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