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Now, CBSE class 12 students demand lenient marking for Physics paper
Thursday April 2, 2015 10:34 PM, Staff Reporter

Even as the committee formed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to look into the complaints lodged by students and parents regarding the 'tough' and 'lengthy' class 12 mathematics question paper is yet to take a final call to address the issue, students are now demanding the same for Physics paper.

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Terming this year's CBSE class 12 Physics paper 'very difficult' and 'lengthy' over 3,000 people have in fact signed an online petition asking for leniency in marking.

"The exam was very tricky. I was not able to attempt all the questions on time. It wasn't what I expected. Many questions were new and complicated", Amandeep Singh, a Class XII student, said.

Some teachers too are of the view that the paper was not student-friendly.

"Boards should give grace marks to students. The weightage of questions were less --- derivations that were allotted 2 marks should have been given wieghtage of 3-4 marks. Even after encountering questions out of syllabus, students gave their best attempt. I will pray for the best possible results", Vivek Gulati, a teacher, said.

Chhavi Chopra, a physics teacher, said that most questions were beyond the comprehension of students. Even the brightest of my students couldn't attempt any of the three-mark questions due to lack of time.

"Students are shattered and depressed, which may affect their performance in the next exam. CBSE should either conduct the exam again or give grace marks to all irrespective of whether questions have been attempted or not," she said.

Amarjit Singh, another teacher said that CBSE should keep in mind the 40% weightage for JEE (main) while checking the papers and grace marks should also be given to the students for the lengthy paper.

Parents too are demanding re-examination of the physics paper and inquiry be conducted on the difficulty level of the paper. According to sources, some parents are also deliberating on filing a public interest litigation, if the CBSE fails to announce corrective measures.

It is being claimed that the physics paper was out of syllabus with specific reference to question number — 20 (ii) of Set-2. Also considered a major topic — Logic Gates, as per the sample paper was not even used in the question paper.

The CBSE however won't be entertaining these demands. A source in the central board said there are multiple inbuilt systems of checks and balances, hence it is unlikely that the online petition will be able to make any impact.

"CBSE has a very democratic set-up and all our systems are in place to ensure that students do not suffer in any way. For every board exam paper schools are asked to send an 'observation schedule', which is a report of any issues they noticed in the paper. If any, this is taken up and a decision is taken", the official sources said.

The official further added that questions papers are vetted by academic experts to ensure that they fit the norms of the board's blueprint.

"What is the locus standi of this online petition? There are set procedures to appeal to the board, which are in place since a long time," the official said.


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