The latest decision of BSEH of putting classes 5th and 8th under the ambit of compulsory annual exams in Haryana has triggered a row in the state. CISCE and CBSE have been resenting this decision, according to which, from this year, a common exam shall be held for the class 8th students as per the syllabus of the Haryana board, irrespective of the board they belong to.
Earlier, on February 04, BSEH passed a directive as per which it shall conduct a common board exam for class 5th and 8th students in the state. This is going to check the standard of education among the students. The moments this news broke several students, teachers and parents showcased their disapproval for the same.
They have been alleging that this decision is completely obnoxious at a time when 90% of the academic year is over. Another point put forth by them is that, since all the three boards have a completely different syllabus, books, therefore, clubbing all the three in such a limited time is not possible.
Several schools have also alleged that the board is facing a fund crunch and, therefore, it wishes to fill its fortune. The board has proposed INR 5000 as the registration fee whereas INR 550 is the examination fee that has to be paid by the candidates.
Will CBSE, CISCE schools have exams?
As of now, there is no clear update regarding this. However, since they come under the ambit of the state, they may have to agree to the demands of BSEH. Under RTE Act of Haryana, there will then be board exams for class 5th, 8th students in CBSE, CISCE schools also.
Who will set the paper?
According to leading reports, if the parents and schools agree to the proposal put forth by BSEH, the paper shall be set by the Haryana board itself. However, for that, they have to consider the syllabus and topics of the other boards too as no two board has similar books or curriculum.
Students and Parents Opinion
Both the students from the state and the parents are disappointed over the decision and have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts. In one such tweet, the use demands the exam’s cancellation and urges that the focus should instead be at vaccination.
Furthermore, candidates are frustrated that the state board is trying to meddle in the affairs of the CBSE and CISCE. The user then points out the need for a standard education system throughout the country.
What is the matter?
Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009 act was amended by the center on 11th January 2019. As per it, there should be exams at end of classes 5th and 8th.
The Haryana govt has accordingly amended the Haryana Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011 and is now introducing board exams for classes 5th and 8th. The exams will be done by SCERT Haryana in all recognised private and government schools.
BSEH, Haryana in October proposed conducting board exams for classes 5th and 8th irrespective of the boards they are currently studying in. With their performance in the exam, the board shall set up standardized rules for the students in the state. This came in the aftermath of the amendment brought in the Haryana Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2003 and put the clause of board exams for Classes 5 and 8.
The government has specified that direction was implemented to maintain the checks and balances of the academic framework of the state. Before this, no fair assessment of students studying in different standards could be made, it further remarked. The example of the National Education Policy (NEP) to ensure “census assessment” at various levels of education, viz. 3, 5, and 8, was also cited.