With board exams around the corner, is mathematics making your head spin?
Well, students appearing under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10 exams in 2019 may have the option to choose between a standard-level or the existing-level mathematics question paper!
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the CBSE has been considering setting two sets of question papers for the mathematics exam. According to this, even if the syllabus for the exam remains the same, students would be examined at two different levels.
This means that students who don’t want to pursue math for higher studies would, therefore, be given the option of answering a simpler question paper!
The idea behind the move is that there can be no single ‘standard’ level, but students who scored low get tagged as “not being good” at the subject. Allowing students to choose their level would help them prepare and appear for the exam in their respective capacities.
But this choice to opt for a simpler paper will have to be made during the process of form fillings for the examination later this year.
The reports adds that it may start off as a pilot project from March 2019. On assessment, if the success rate is high, it is likely that the model may be extended to the Class 12 boards too.
CBSE has formed a 15-member committee comprising mathematics experts, and those from universities, schools and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
“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,” a maths expert told HT.
The official added that the higher-level paper is likely to have more questions on applied mathematics and involve higher order thinking skills (HOTS).
CBSE has received several requests to introduce the two-question-paper-model from several schools.
Currently, several boards overseas have a similar system in place. One example of this is the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). In addition to its core curriculum for every subject for the majority of students, it also offers an extended curriculum designed for students who are more academically able.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)