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...Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal About seven years ago when the then HRD Minister Kapil Sibal announced his decision to make the Class X board examination optional, I wrote a criticism. In spite of my consistent opposition to the colonial legacy of passing or failing children, my reasons for opposing Sibal’s move were multiple. First, making Class X board exams optional does not eliminate tension at all as the child still faces the same at Class XII board exams. In most private schools, this tension begins with the pre-board exams. Also, this move did not take into account the malaise of competitive exams which push coaching downward to KG, ruining childhood and parenting alike. In 2009, two-thirds of the high schools did not continue till Class XII, compelling children to either quit education after Class X or undertake the uphill task of seeking admission in a senior secondary school. In either case, a Class X board exam certificate opens the gate for a child’s future education. ...Indian Express on Jan. 13, 2017, midnight