10th Boards now history; all pass


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Before fading into history, the Central Board of Secondary Education’s Class X Board examination left students with an unexpected farewell gift on Friday.

Not a single candidate was declared failed.

Everyone, irrespective of the number of subjects in which they scored grade E1 or E2 (unqualifying grades), is eligible to improve his/her performance through re-examination. And they will be given five chances.

And the batch of 2009-10 is not an exception, as the Board intends on continuing this practice.

This is the first time the Board results were declared in grades and not marks.

The batch of 2009-10 is the last one to sit for the CBSE examination that began in 1977. This, however, applies only to senior secondary schools, which are up to Class XII. Secondary level institutions will continue with Class X Boards.

“Schools that do not have Class X Board exams will have to provide students who fail in internal exam another chance to improve,” said Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE.

This year, close to 13,000 Class X students, who would have otherwise had to repeat one whole academic year (for having had failed in more than two subjects out of five), gained from this new rule.

“There’s no point in making a child wait one whole year before he’s allowed to prove himself again,” added Joshi.