New Delhi: Worried over unending chorus demanding re-exam of "tough" and "tricky" Class 12 Mathematics paper and more parliamentarians expressing concern, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday assured remedial measures before evaluation.
"The feedback received from various stakeholders including students, subject teachers, examiners will be placed before the committee of subject experts and the board will take remedial measures before evaluation", the CBSE said in a statement.
The CBSE Class 12 Mathematics paper on Monday, March 14 reduced many students to tears. The issue of this "very tricky" paper has been raised in the parliament even as teachers and students both called for a fresh examination. Some students compared it with the standards of "IIT entrance level", and some even alleged that the paper was leaked.
Teachers also claimed that the paper was tougher than that of previous years and said that around 50 percent of the questions in the paper were based on Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), compared to only 10-20 percent in previous exams of the subject.
"The paper was tough. Most of the students could not attempt it well and are depressed. The pattern of the questions asked in the exam was way different from the normal pattern of the CBSE. Either the CBSE should conduct the exam again or adopt a liberal attitude during the evaluation of answer sheets," said mathematics teacher Rakesh Sharma.
Following the complaints raised by the students, the issue was raised in the parliament - first by Kerala MP K. V. Thomas on Tuesday and by uion minister Venkaiah Naidu and other MPs today.
"There are two issues here. Certain questions were very tough and even bright student couldn't answer them effectively... Media said some questions were leaked and even sold", Naidu said.
"This is a matter concerning students and their future... It deserves inquiry. I will convey it to HRD minister Smriti Irani," the minister added.
During Zero hour discussion in the parliament yesterday, Kerala Congress member K. V. Thomas stated that "the government should take it seriously" as the Maths exam could hamper the future of many students.
"In future, when question papers are set, efforts should be taken to rope in experienced and senior people," the MP said.
Congress's KC Venugopal and RSP's NK Premachandran had also raised the issue yesterday.
"I urge the government to look into the exam and take necessary steps," Venugopal had said.
SR Vijayakumar from AIADMK, too, had said a number of students felt that the paper was lengthy and they could not complete it.
"I request the Human Resource Minister to look at the issue" and tell the CBSE to be liberal in valuation", he said.