Draft education policy: ‘Hold Class X board exam at two levels, can detain students after Class V’

New Delhi June 30:The draft education policy, released for public feedback on Wednesday, has proposed that compulsory board exams should be held for Class X also, but in a new format, with a higher level (Part-A) and a lower level (Part-B) in three subjects.

“High failure rate in Class X examination is attributed to a large extent to poor performance in three subjects: Mathematics, Science and English. In order to reduce the failure rate, Class X examination in Mathematics, Science and English will be at two levels: Part-A at a higher level and Part-B at a lower level. Students who intend to join courses/ programmes for which Science, Mathematics or English is not a prerequisite or wish to shift to vocational stream after Class X will be able to opt for Part-B level,” says the draft.

The draft policy also advocates amendment to the RTE Act to reinstate detention after Class V, and extension of Right to Education to secondary education. It also seeks review of Clause 12(1) that exempts minority schools from implementing the 25 per cent quota for EWS kids in private schools.

The draft policy, prepared following the recommendations of the TSR Subramanian committee, proposes to discontinue the practice of “grace marks” in evaluation of Class X board exams.

As one of the major reforms of the education sector, it advocates setting up of an Indian Education Service cadre like the IAS.

Stressing the importance of learning English, it says: “If the medium of instruction up to primary level is the mother tongue or local or regional language, the second language will be English and the choice of the third language (at upper primary and secondary levels) will be with the individual states and local authorities”.

Promoting Sanskrit, the draft policy says: “Keeping in view the special importance of Sanskrit to the growth and development of Indian languages and its unique contribution to the cultural unity of the country, facilities for teaching Sanskrit at the school and university stages will be offered on a more liberal scale.

The draft policy will be open for public feedback, including from state governments, till July 31.