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Easier and Tough - CBSE to introduce two level Maths exam for Class 10 from 2020

The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both the levels would remain the same

Friday January 11, 2019 3:23 PM, ummid.com News Network

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New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce Easier and Tough - two levels of examination in Mathematics for Class 10 students from 2020 onwards. The move is to cater to different kinds of learners.

Speculations that the CBSE is considering two levels of Mathematics paper - one Standard and the other Higher, were rife since September last year. It was expected that the CBSE will introduce the pattern on pilot and trial basis in 2019 board exams.

"The syllabus for the exam would remain the same; but students would be examined at two different levels so that those not keen to pursue maths for higher studies can answer a simpler question paper and the pattern will be introduced on trial basis in 2019", CBSE officials had said in September 2018.

It is however learnt now that the CBSE has decided to have two-level Maths exams for Class 10 students. But, the pattern will be introduced in 2020 and not this year.

Citing NCF 2005, Position Paper by National Focus Group on Examination Reforms, CBSE has said that just like students and schools are allowed some element of choice in terms of subjects, similarly they should be given some element of choice within a subject as well.

As per the National Curriculum Framework, not only would the two levels of examination cater to different kinds of learners and allow different levels of testing, it would also reduce overall student stress levels, the circular said.

“It is well known that students experience greatest stress before and during their most ‘difficult’ subject exam,” it said.

“Keeping in view of this important aspect and as evidenced by the board results, the board has decided to introduce two levels of examination in Mathematics for the students who are going to appear in the board examination for the academic session ending March 2020 onwards,” it said.

The syllabus, classroom teaching and internal assessment for both the levels would remain the same, so that the students get an opportunity to study the whole range of topics throughout the year and are able to decide upon the level of board examination depending upon their aptitude and abilities. [With inputs from PTI]

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