Class X students have a choice on who will conduct exam
For the first time, students appearing for Class X exams of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) starting in March will be split into two categories: those appearing for the exam conducted by the board and those who choose to take the exams conducted by their schools.
The board exam of Class X will start on March 1 with Indian language exams and will continue till March 25. Exams for Class XII will be from March 1 to April 13. The full examination schedule can be accessed on http://cbsedatesheet.org.
The board has told the schools to choose their own dates for the exams they will conduct themselves, with the broad guideline that they should hold it by mid-March.
The choice given to students is part of the reforms introduced by the CBSE in a bid to make education less stressful, based on the principle of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) rather than singular emphasis on written exams.
In order to help students deal with exam-related stress, the CBSE has launched counselling service in multiple modes of communication. This will include telephonic counselling, question-answer columns in newspapers, interactive voice response system and online counselling through CBSE's website www.cbse.nic.in.
There is also a toll-free helpline number 1800-117002, which can be accessed from anywhere in the country. Counselling is done by trained counsellors and principals from CBSE-affiliated schools. It is a voluntary and free-of-cost service. General queries will be answered by the operators, but students will be directed to the principals or counsellors in case of exam-related anxiety or stress. This year, CBSE is also providing tele-counselling through IVRS mode. Students can avail the service on BSNL on 12501022.
The CBSE has decided to introduce four new vocational courses at senior secondary level to increase “employability skills” in the next academic year.