Two-level exams will be conducted by CBSE for class 10 Mathematics and English papers with 20 marks for internal and 80 marks for theory. The 20 marks internal exam will be conducted by respective schools. CBSE has sent the circular to all schools and the motion will be implemented from 2020 board exams.
Students will have to clear the school-based exam which is similar to system being followed for some subjects in class 12. This move is being called ‘Learner-centric’ and CBSE also states how important school-based ‘internal assessments’ are becoming. Now the regular theory exams will be marked out of 80 rather than 100.
There will also be an option for students to choose the difficulty level. This means that one who chooses easier version for mathematics will not have it as their major subject in higher studies. This is mostly being done to encourage conceptual learning and curb cramming.
“Students are habitual of writing answers as written in the textbooks. It is important that they develop their own style of writing and not mere reproduce what the books say. Thus, we have issued instructions to give consideration to students who adopt their own writing style,” stated CBSE spokesperson.