After the Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH) decided to hold exams for grade 8 students enrolled in various state boards, schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) objected to the Haryana government’s decision to hold the board exam for Class 8.
On September 13, the secretary of the BSEH board of directors wrote a letter to all District Education Officers (DEOs) to verify the details of Class 8 students studying at non-BSH boards in their district.
Board chairman Jagbir Singh said they started making Class 8 exams adequate after a 12-year gap.
“Changes will also be made to the 2011 Haryana Right to Education (RTE) rules.
In 2010, the Haryana board last held class 8 exams in which 3.44 lakh students out of 3.67 lakh passed the exam.
Pawan Kumar, principal of a private school in Bhiwani affiliated with CBSE, said the decision by the Haryana board created many problems for their students.
“We have separate boards and we follow different rules than schools affiliated with BSEH. In addition, there is a certain difference in the program we have chosen. This decision will decrease the level of education and lead to instability in the careers of the children, ”he added.
Trade unionists from the school unions CBSE and ICSE have decided to take legal action against this decision.
“The decision of the Ministry of National Education is illegal. We will talk to the state government about it. If necessary, we also approach the court. This decision will reduce the level of education in CBSE and ICSE schools. If the board wishes to experiment with its students, it is free to do so, but it should not interfere in CBSE and other board matters, ”said the principals of two Rohtak-based CBSE schools.
Speaking on the phone, BSEH President Jagbir Singh defended the government’s decision to hold Class 8 exams for all students studying in Haryana, regardless of their board.
“BSEH used to pass juries for classes 5, 8, 10 and 12. With the implementation of RTE 2011, juries only take place for classes 10 and 12. From this session Academically, the annual examination of grade 8 children from all Haryana school boards will be taken by the Haryana school board, “Jagbir said.
“Those who oppose this decision can go to court to challenge our decision. The state has the right to organize class 8 exams for all students, ”he added.