Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that Central Advisory Board of Education has approved making Class X examinations optional in all CBSE schools from academic year (2010-11). Sibal said that after Class X exam is made optional in CBSE, the states may follow the pattern based on the experience of the central board. Sibal also said that government will set up Educational Tribunals to look into malpractices and grievances of students.

The government on Monday also announced that it will introduce grading system in all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools. As per sources, the CBSE has prepared the format of an aptitude exam, which schools can use to test Class X students on their level of understanding in each subject. The emphasis, however, will be on continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) through the year instead of a single public exam at the end of Class X.

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