The NCF of the National Curriculum Framework has come up with a new set of guidelines for students writing the board exams from 2024. This week NCF announced new policies that they will be implementing from next year and ditching a few old traditions. Additionally, the framework is meant to bring ease to the students from the extreme pressure of board exams. The 10th and 12th standard board exams are extremely stressful for the students attending them. They have a pressure to perform well to meet the expectations of their parents, universities, and themselves. Therefore, the new guidelines announced by the NCF, this week were regarding that.
NCF’s new guidelines
In the guidelines, it is said that instead of two, three languages will be taught in 9th and 10th standard, one of them being English and the other two will be Indian Languages. Other than this, 2 Languages will be taught in 11th and 12th standard, unlike the previous years where only one language, English, there. Along with English, an Indian Language will also be present in the syllabus. However, the biggest change this year has been the introduction of the option of having 12th board exams offered at least twice a year. Students who think they might not be ready to perform well in the test can take the option of taking that exam later when they believe to are ready. This scheme is made for students to feel at ease while writing a board exam, to counter the stress. It allows them to take the exam when they feel truly ready, helping them score better. Although this scheme is for the welfare of the students to escape exam-related anxiety to help them feel more academically controlled, teachers and students around the country have mixed reactions to this.
Teachers and students react
Many teachers and students are supportive of this scheme and think that it will give the students a second opportunity and score high marks by writing the exam at their controlled pace. However, many teachers and students do not agree with it and think it is pointless and say that this will end with students constantly preparing for exams.