The government will reintroduce compulsory Class X board examination for CBSE schools from the 2017-18 academic years, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday. In an informal conversation with reporters after a meeting with the Rajasthan education minister, he informed them about the decision to re-introduce Class X board examination.

Javadekar also said state governments will be given authority to reintroduce class V and VIII board examinations, a proposal for which will be tabled in the Cabinet and then in Parliament.

“The decision to conduct class V and VIII board examinations will be left with the state,” Javadekar said. The main focus of the HRD ministry is on improving the quality of school education, specifically of government schools, he said.

Praising the initiatives taken in school education sector in Rajasthan, Javadekar said much improvement in the quality of education in government schools have been brought in the state, which was called `Bimaru' 25 years ago. He added that enrolment in government schools in Rajasthan had increased by 15 lakh where Utkarsh Adarsh schools have been opened at panchayat level. The Narendra Modi-led government is working to improve academic standards and wants student curiosity to grow with education, he said.

Asked about suicides being committed by several students preparing for IIT-JEE at coaching institutes in Kota, Javadekar said a website, IITPAL, will be introduced free of cost where students would have access to facilities like study material, guidance by experts and discussion options.