Check out the newspaper headlines. Central govt proposal by the new HRD minister Kapil Sibal to scrap 10th class board exams (make them optional) for now for the CBSE schools and an overarching future plan to have a national board (vs. CBSE, ICSE...state boards etc.).
To support this certain changes in ways schools work: replacing grades with marks, semester system, continuous assessment, an independent accredition organization to accredit/certify schools...
The idea they say is to bring "the joy back to childhood"...to focus on the learning, the process vs. cramming for exams. Also to avoid educational malpractices (papers leaking out, capitation fees etc.)
Of course, lot of political, logistical and educational reform "stuff" needs to happen to make this successful.
1) Wondering what parents thought? Good idea? Bad idea?
2) How can this work well? What steps?
My personal feel is that it is good. :-) It will take focus off from exams and more towards learning and also other activities and sports. But to make it successful many steps will need to be taken to change education in schools, the mindset, teacher training etc.
On a lighter note, there will be a vaccuum--we are all so exam oriented. I know so many working moms take off from work for the all important 10-12 class boards, the tutors, the training institutes. Of course, we competitive Indian parents will channelise energies towards the other entrance exams or something else...