In a major development, it has been announced that board exams will undergo a substantial transformation, with the introduction of biannual examinations. Preparations are already underway to implement these changes, aligning with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) designed for school education. Union Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, shared that the board examinations will be held twice each year, marking a significant departure from the current system.
The envisioned changes are part of an effort to revamp the pattern of board exams in line with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF). Dharmendra Pradhan disclosed that the experimental phase for conducting board exams twice a year may commence from the academic session 2025-26.
He further informed that new books will be introduced for classes three to six in the upcoming session of 2024. Additionally, a credit framework is set to be introduced in school education.
Minister Pradhan emphasized that various pivotal initiatives have been undertaken to implement the National Education Policy 2020, and the next two years are expected to be crucial in this transformative journey.
The proposed changes aim to grant students the flexibility to choose their subjects, thereby alleviating the stress associated with board exams. A novel approach and a multidisciplinary system are being ushered into school education.
Students will have the option to appear for board exams twice a year, according to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The decision rests with the student, who can choose to participate in either one or both examinations. If a student opts for both exams, they will have the opportunity to select the better score.
Minister Pradhan highlighted that the decision has garnered positive responses from children across the country, alleviating the stress traditionally associated with board exams. The detailed pattern of board examinations, slated to commence twice in 2024, will be communicated to students and parents.
The reform extends to the curriculum as well, with the announcement that new books will be introduced for classes three to six from the session of 2024. Further releases include new books for classes seven, ten, and twelve in 2025, and for class eight in the 2026-27 session. By April 2025, a comprehensive set of new books spanning from Kindergarten to the twelfth grade will be made available.
Aligned with the new education policy’s 5+3+3+4 structure, replacing the conventional 10+2 system, the Foundation Stage is designed for children aged 3 to 8 years. New syllabi and books based on this framework are currently in preparation by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
The Union Ministry of Education has also launched a magic box to facilitate sports education for children aged 3-8 years during the Foundation Stage.