Mumbai: The students who are appearing for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class X exams in 2019 are likely to be given two options to select from for Mathematics paper - Standard or Higher level, a media report said Wednesday.
"The choice will have to be made when forms for the exam are filled up later this year", Hindustan Times reported citing unnamed CBSE officials.
"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", the CBSE officials said.
More than 16 lakh students from India and abroad appear for CBSE Class 10 exams every year and the difficulty level of exam papers, especially of Maths and Science subjects, have always been a matter of concern for the students and their parents.
Officials added that the new system will be introduced as a pilot project from March 2019 and depending on its success could be extended to the Class 12 board exams. The board has formed a 15-member committee comprising mathematics experts, and those from universities, schools and the National Council of Educational Research and Training.
“The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) document states that all subjects should be examined at two levels by the board, beginning with Maths and English. It also said that students should have the choice between higher and standard level,” HT reported quoting a maths expert.
"The higher-level paper would have more questions on Applied Mathematics and involve higher order thinking skills", the officials said.
The CBSE Class 10 2019 exams are normally held in the months of February and March. The central board will release the CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 datesheet soon.
"The board had received representations to introduce two question papers from several schools across the country. The rationale was that students who do not intend to pursue maths would be able to avoid the tag they weren’t good at the subject if they scored low marks at the high-school level", they said.
A number of school boards overseas, including the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education, follow this practice which is generally within the ability range of a majority of the students. It also offers an extended curriculum that is designed for students who are more academically able. International Baccalaureate (IB) also provides this flexibility.
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