In a major relief to students of class 10 who will write their board exams in March, the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has decided to relax the mandatory criteria of separate pass mark for them.
In a circular issued to all CBSE-affiliated schools across the country, the board has decided to implement overall 33% pass mark criteria for this batch of students only — they don’t need to secure 33% separately in board exams and internal assessments. Earlier, the board had put in place a mandatory clause of securing 33% in the board exams and another 33% in internal assessment.
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The circular, issued by controller of examinations Sanyam Bhardwaj, said it has been decided to “extend the same passing criteria for the students of secondary classes i.e. candidates appearing for class X examination in 2019 onwards will have to secure overall 33 per cent (both taken together) in the subjects to be eligible to pass that subject”.
The class 10 exams will be mandatory from this year after a gap of seven years. In 2009, the human resource development (HRD) ministry had said the class 10 exams will be made optional, which started in 2010-11. The board has, for the first time, also allowed special concessions and facilities for students with special needs. For instance, students with disabilities can use a computer to write the examination as per their needs and skills. However, such students will have to make arrangements for their own laptops or computers.
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