Beginning 2011, Class X board examinations will become a thing of the past. Instead, students will be promoted to senior secondary through an internal school assessment. This was announced here on Monday by Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal as a major stress buster for students.

Grading for 2010 boards

Since the decision has been taken in the middle of the academic year, students in Class X this year will have to appear for the board examination as scheduled, but will be graded instead, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairman Vineet Joshi said. Students will be graded into nine categories, ranging from exceptional to unsatisfactory.

Though initially there were indications that students changing schools after Class X will have to appear for the board examination, Mr. Joshi said that instead they will appear for an online/offline/on-demand assessment and will be issued certificates on pre-printed stationery supplied by the CBSE, attested by the regional offices of the Board.

Students who may need certification of the Board at a later stage to change schools can also appear for same assessment.

It will also be available to students who want an independent assessment of their academic skills.

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