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CBSE Class 12 Maths Paper: Concern raised in Parliament but board rules out re-exam
Tuesday March 15, 2016 8:22 PM, News Network

New Delhi:
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday ruled out the re-examination of Class 12 Mathematics paper even though some MPs raised the issue in the parliament after teachers joined the students to claim that the paper was 'too tricky'.

Stating that the CBSE has not taken any decision to re-conduct the Maths paper, a board spokesperson said, "Like every year, the paper was set from the book (NCERT). The pattern of the paper was a little changed this year."

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.

During Zero hour discussion in the parliament, 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.

Majority of students found Mathematics paper "very tough" and compared it with the standards of "IIT entrance level". Some students 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.

Students alleged that the paper was not set according to the allotted marking scheme and said that they had to answer intricate "Calculus questions in section-C, which consisted of only 4 marks each." The lengthy 4-mark questions should ideally have been put in the last section, carrying 6-mark questions.

Tricky questions meant that students faced a time crunch in completing the paper. "We faced shortage of time, as the questions were difficult to understand. In fact, I did not find the answers for a lot of questions, and I had to submit the paper with only the workings," said another student.

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