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CBSE offers ‘easier’ maths paper for ‘weak’ kids

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Several CBSE-affiliated schools in Kolkata are planning to counsel and “convince” parents of Class X students to allow their wards to take an “easier” version of mathematics in the board exam. From the 2019-2020 academic year, CBSE has modified the mathematics curriculum and introduced a separate, easier paper for those who have been faring poorly in the subject. The modified question paper has been officially termed ‘Mathematics-Basics’.

Candidates who are relatively weak in the subject will be able to sit for an easier paper exclusively set for them. The rest will answer a ‘Standard-Mathematics’ question paper. However, a student who opts for the easier version will not be eligible to take up mathematics in Plus-II.

“This is a great initiative since students and parents will be counselled before the board examinations and would know their academic inclination. This will also help them improve their score. This is a very scientific mechanism,” said Birla Bharati School principal Apala Dutta.

CBSE schools in the city have already held open-house sessions with senior mathematics teachers and coordinators, which were attended by parents who may want their children to select the Basic-Mathematics question paper.

“Open-house sessions and parents-teachers meetings were held with those students who scored poorly in the first term examinations in June. Many of the guardians instantly agreed to allow their children to sit for the easy paper while others wanted to wait until the mid-term results. We will hold another meeting to counsel some parents to get their consent about letting their kids appear for the Basic-Mathematics test,” said the principal of a reputable CBSE school.

At Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, students and guardians will be counselled based on the performance in mathematics in the ongoing mid-term examinations. “We shall hold an orientation where we will seek parents’ consent regarding students opting to appear for Basic-Mathematics. Moreover, candidates can later take the compartmental exam with Standard-Mathematics if required,” said principal Meena Kak.

“Taking the easier examination will benefit the children and prepare them for better academic performance in Plus-II. Additonally, parents are no more concerned with just science. Subjects under social science, commerce and humanities will be brought back into focus,” a CBSE school teacher said.

Some schools have also organized teachers’ orientation programmes to get them accustomed to the new question pattern in the easier paper.


Source: Times of India

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