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Default Govt set to s**** Class 10 board exams, fix grades

New Delhi: Class 10 students of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) won’t have to give board exams from the next academic year and will be graded for their performance through the year.

The Union Human Resources Development Ministry, after weeks of debate, has revealed a plan for reforming the school exam system. The

Government will implement a grading system for Class 10 from the next session. No marks, only grades will be awarded to students.

Students will be graded for their performance through the year and not just on the basis of one exam. Grading will be mandatory but students can also opt for a board exam.

If unwell, students will also have the option of taking an exam later.

Students will have to pass in at least four out of five subjects.
The grades will be A1, A2 and the lowest E, which will be regarded as failure. Students with E2-grade can appear in a compartment exam

HRD Minister Kabil Sibal, in June, proposed to reform the exam system in schools and "de-traumatise" education by making the Class 10 Board Exams optional. He has proposed creating a single and pan-Indian board for Class 12 exams and he wants to replace marks by grades in Classes 9 and 10 of CBSE-affiliated schools.

He wants an independent accreditation body for school education and he wants to enact the Children's Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill.
He wants to encourage private investments in education; he wants to review the functioning of existing deemed universities and he wants a regulatory authority in higher education in which "there would be no political interference."

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Default Teachers at 2 IITs want pay raise, go on mass leave

New Delhi: Hundreds of faculty members of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) Bombay and Roorkee went on mass casual leave on Monday protesting disparities in pay. IIT Delhi professors will go on leave on Tuesday.

"The pay hike given by the government is at least 30 per cent less at the lower level (of faculties) and at higher level it is 40 per cent less than what we had asked for. It will be difficult for us to attract good faculty members," said Saumya Mukherjee, professor at IIT-Bombay.

Holding placards, the professors came out of the IIT-Bombay campus in a long line.

They said that to become a professor at any IIT, a student needs to have a PhD, which involves around six more years of study. This entails loss of income. Had they taken up a government job, they would have earned at least Rs 20 lakh, they claimed.

"The government is not even giving us the scholastic pay which is a compensation for the loss in earning," said another professor from IIT-Bombay.

"There is some dissatisfaction over the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations for our pay hike. I returned from abroad Monday morning and will discuss the issue with the faculty members," said IIT-Roorkee director S C Saxena.

Meanwhile, IIT-Delhi professors have said they would be going on a mass casual leave Tuesday to protest the same issue.

There was a meeting of all IITs in Chennai Sunday. The decision to protest was also discussed there but it was left to the individual organisations of faculty members to protest the way they choose.

"You know the problem with our pay hike. There is dissatisfaction among many," M. Balakrishnan, dean of post-graduate studies at IIT-Delhi, told IANS.

Similarly, at IIT-Guwahati faculty members are likely to go on a strike some time in the near future.

"There is disparity between the salary of an assistant and associate professor at IITs. The UGC scale for central university professors is more than for us. This is a key issue. There are other anomalies as well," IIT-Guwahati director Gautam Barua told IANS over phone.

"After the Chennai meeting, the association sent a memorandum to the human resource development (HRD) ministry. We expect the ministry to respond soon. As the director of my institute, I hope there will be no protest but I cannot say this with surety. Faculty association of my institute may go on strike anytime," he said.

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