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  1. CBSE maths exam: Board to meet principals, mulls grace marking

CBSE maths exam: Board to meet principals, mulls grace marking

Amidst complaints among CBSE class XII students over the "difficulty level" of their mathematics examination...

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 19, 2015 9:33 PM
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Board officials said there have been some changes in the pattern of the paper and that schools may not have been “intimated accordingly” in that regard. PTI

Amidst complaints among CBSE class XII students over the “difficulty level” of their mathematics examination, the board has called some school principals for a meeting to discuss the matter and is also mulling whether to give a relaxation in the marking for the paper.

According to HRD ministry sources, one of the options on the table could also be an “improvement exam”, on which a broader consensus has to be evolved.

Board officials said there have been some changes in the pattern of the paper and that schools may not have been “intimated accordingly” in that regard.

The all-India exam conducted yesterday left students disappointed and concerned as they found the mathematics paper too tough. Teachers also felt that the paper required higher order thinking skills (HOTS) which, as per the examination pattern, forms 10 to 20 per cent of the paper.

“There have been some changes in the question paper pattern and some schools may not have been intimated accordingly. So, we want to ensure that students are not put through any kind of harassment,” said a Central Board of Secondary Education official.

These issues would come up in the meeting with the principals which, the official said, would include “the nature of the questions, the level of difficulty, etc”.

The official also said that an evaluation committee will meet after the exams are over to take stock of the grievances of the students and decide whether any grace marks could be awarded to them. It was also indicated that the question pattern framed was to ensure that there is rationalisation in the marking system.

But some teachers have said that the questions were different from the “traditional pattern”.

“The questions were not out of syllabus, but needed in- depth knowledge and HOTS. It was more of an application-based paper, much different from the traditional pattern of the paper,” said Neha Agarwal, mathematics teacher at The Indian School.

“It wouldn’t be easy scoring a perfect 100, so not only average students, the above average ones too will be affected,” she added.

Radhika Qwatra of Summer Field School, Gurgaon, also shared the concern and said, “A large percentage of the question paper was not from the NCERT textbook, which is the usual pattern followed over years and needed more analytical skills.

Another teacher said, “The high scores achieved by most of the students pose a big challenge for universities during admissions to undergraduate programmes. That could be one of the reasons behind such a question paper.”

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    srprd
    Mar 23, 2015 at 2:54 pm
    The CBSE is to be condemned very strongly for playing such irresponsible games with the career and life of several thousand students. Why should the questions be from outside the NCERT book in the first place ? Is it a compeive IIT JEE-like exam or a school board exam ? A school board exam should test the students only on what is inside the covers and not 'mentally har' them in the 3 hours. Is this not known to those setting the question paper ? How did the question paper p scrutiny ? A similar incident happened way back in 1992 when the CBSE Std. XII exams in Maths, Phy and Chem had out-of-syllabus and vague questions, and the students were awarded liberal grace marks. This angered the ever-jealous TN state board, who approached the govt. and the TN govt. announced that only 2 pc seats of all colleges in TN would be available for CBSE students, on the pretext that they had scored very high marks. Since then CBSE students have been discriminated and targeted directly or indirectly in TN.
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