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Class 10 exams to be scrapped

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    A dreaded period for both students and parents is about to end. Whether you performed well or not, class 10 exams have always been on top the priority list. The future of a student was/is largely dependent on class 10 results. The Union Minister for HRD Kapil Sibil has proposed a move to scrap class 10 exams.

    Can we manage without class 10 exams which decide the group which the student will be able to join for +1/ Pre - University. If removed without proper replacement, it may seriously effect the prospect of student who earn praise and seat through merit in our already " only for rich " education system. Self financing has made education a right only for the rich. If you are not rich enough , your children may loose a well deserved Engineering or Medical seat (Considered as the best option to secure life by the Indian Middle class). Now it will migrate to +1 and only those who can buy will get proper group. Let us wait to see what Indian HRD ministry conjures out of thin air after reservation in IIMs.
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    Good decision but its a few years late... I have already been through that torture and hated it every moment.

    Class 10 exams are nothing but a hurdle for those who are not too good at studies so now those students who used to get stuck at the class 10th level will see themselves pushed to class 12th without much effort which is good... its good for kids to stay in the system for as long as possible because they learn something at school even if they are not as bright as some other students who feature in merit lists..

    Grade system will work wonders and the typical Indian parents mentality will get some rest... dekho sharma ji ke ladke ke 87.6% marks hain aur tumhare 87.4 per hi atak gaye sort of things will come to a halt.

    Kids are being pushed to the limits to achieve something which doesnt really exist. Education is no gurantee for success in life and nor does it gurantee happiness.

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    so much for the pro-poor agenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by meetdilip View Post
    A dreaded period for both students and parents is about to end. Whether you performed well or not, class 10 exams have always been on top the priority list. The future of a student was/is largely dependent on class 10 results. The Union Minister for HRD Kapil Sibil has proposed a move to scrap class 10 exams.
    I think HRD Minister proposed that class 10 exam will be happen in school like other class (no board examination or it optional). Now I can't able to say about all the state but my state the condition of board examination in class 10 is not so good, 10 lakh candidate usually give such exam and board also never able to set any parameter. Even politicization also present in such board exam.I think this system which HRD has proposed is American education system in India to eliminate class 10 exam as board and give the priority to school exam but still i have doubt that such new system also get successful or not.

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    I think swaminathan iyer wrote an open letter to sibal in the TOI asking him to make radical changes in the edu system and his is what followed after that.

    I always viewed the Xth board exams as some sort of an execution match. This might end that tradition.

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    What exactly is the reason that this is being done?


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    Change for the sake of change

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    This is an open letter written by swaminathan iyer in the TOI
    School vouchers as affirmative action

    Dated: June 14, 2009

    Dear Kapil Sibal

    You have aroused great expectations as Education Minister. We are heartened by your commitment to educational reforms to improve higher education, including easier entry for foreign universities.

    Yet for truly inclusive growth we must focus on improving basic education for the poor and historically disadvantaged classes. Poor people send their kids to government schools, but hardly any teaching takes place there, and the teachers are protected from disciplinary action by powerful trade unions. No Chief Minister dares antagonize these unions. Richer students supplement schooling with private tuitions, but this is unaffordable by poor students, who end up functionally illiterate after years of schooling. Lakhs of crores spent on education are wasted.

    School vouchers can be one way forward. Parents can get outright grants per child in the form of school vouchers, which are redeemable only for expenses in a government or private school. Vouchers will empower poor people through choice in schools, just as democracy empowers them through choice in politics. Competition with private schools will improve government schools, just as competition from private airlines and banks have improved service in government airlines and banks.

    But teachers' unions hate competition or accountability, and oppose school vouchers. They also point out that the results of school vouchers in Western countries have been mixed. In some states in the US, voucher students perform no better than those in government schools. In Sweden, on the other hand, voucher students fare distinctly better.

    But in those countries, government teachers actually teach. This, alas, is not the case in India. And so desperate urban slum families are pulling their children out of free government schools and sending them to private schools, at great financial sacrifice. These private slum schools are hardly of high quality, yet are better than government schools having highly qualified teachers but little teaching. The very fact that slum dwellers are sending kids to private schools in large numbers is the best evidence that
    private schools are better, whatever may be the experience in the US or Europe.

    In Delhi, the Centre for Civil Society has started a small project offering school vouchers worth Rs 3,600 per year to 408 children. An independent evaluation shows that voucher children perform better in standardized tests than comparable children in neighbouring government schools; that parents find the teaching and infrastructure better in private voucher schools than
    government schools; and that over half the poor beneficiaries will be forced to send their children back to government school if the vouchers are withdrawn. This shows that vouchers are badly needed by the poor, and yield better results too.

    The Delhi scheme is tiny. Some Chief Ministers have sought other ways to try and scale up vouchers. In Rajasthan, the former BJP government sought to persuade government teachers to start private schools, for which students would be given vouchers. Unsurprisingly, this failed to find many takers.

    So, Kapil Sibal, let me propose an alternative. You should launch a pilot project, making funding available to States who are interested, and scale up after removing the inevitable glitches. The project should offer school vouchers to urban children of disadvantaged minorities---dalits, tribals and Muslims. Only urban areas have multiple schools within walking distance of every locality, and that is a necessary condition for real choice.

    Teachers unions will oppose this idea too. But their opposition will be muted since the benefits are limited to a small, historically disadvantaged section of the population. Besides, the idea will be supported by vote-banks of dalits, tribals and Muslims, all of whom are wooed by politicians. Chief Ministers will find it worthwhile to take on trade unions only if they are compensated by support from substantial vote banks.

    In the Delhi scheme, activists spread information about vouchers in areas with 12 lakh. citizens, of whom 1.2 lakh applied for vouchers. The vouchers were awarded through a draw of lots to a lucky few. Although only 408 children benefited, the project enthused over a lakh households, a number high enough to qualify as a vote bank, and so interest politicians.

    Teachers will see this as the thin end of the wedge, and launch agitations. One form of compromise could be to offer vouchers at least to girls from dalit, tribal and Muslim families. Even the most cynical unions may feel ashamed of denying benefits to the most oppressed gender among the most oppressed classes.

    Kapil Sibal, your new government is committed to affirmative action for the historically disadvantaged. This can be an excellent launching pad for school vouchers. Do not waste the opportunity.

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