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The Union Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, recently stated that mandatory participation in Class 10 and 12 board exams twice a year will no longer be required for students. This decision comes as a response to the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) recommendation. The Ministry of Education (MoE) had previously announced that starting from the academic session in 2024, both State and National Boards would conduct Class 10 and 12 board exams twice a year, allowing students to retain their best score.

In alignment with the New Education Policy (NEP 2020), the curriculum as per the New Curriculum Framework is prepared, and textbooks will soon be developed for the academic session in 2024. Some significant changes in the education system have also been unveiled. Students in Class 11 and 12 will be required to study two languages, with at least one being an Indian language. Additionally, students' choice of subjects in these classes will no longer be restricted to traditional streams like arts, science, and commerce, offering more flexibility in subject selection.

The decision to hold board exams twice a year aims to reduce the pressure on students. The new examination format will prioritize assessing students' understanding and competencies rather than focusing on months of coaching and memorization. The Ministry also plans for school boards to develop the capacity to offer "on-demand" exams over time, and those involved in exam development and evaluation will be required to undergo university-certified courses.

Furthermore, the new framework discourages the practice of "covering" textbooks in the classroom and emphasizes the need to optimize the cost of textbooks.

As of now, neither the National nor State Boards have released official notifications regarding these changes for students in the ongoing academic session. Therefore, the confirmation of the "CBSE board exams twice a year" by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is still pending. Stay tuned for official notifications regarding these educational reforms, including the release of new textbooks and updates on subject options for Class 11 and 12 students.

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