CBSE Class 10th math exam: Students may opt for a simpler paper in 2019; exam to have two options of test papers

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The Hush Post: The students of CBSE Class 10th math exams are likely to get two options of test papers. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) officials who are familiar with the development have revealed this.

The officials said the choice will have to be made while filling up the examination forms later this year, a report said.

The exam will have the same syllabus. The Board will examine the students at two different levels. The move aims at providing a simpler question paper to those students who are not keen to pursue maths for higher studies.

The CBSE officials said it may start as a pilot project from March 2019 itself. They said depending on its success, the Board may extend it to the Class 12 board exams. The CBSE has formed a 15-member committee for this. This committee comprises of mathematics experts, and those from universities, schools and the National Council of Educational Research and Training.

A maths expert says, the National Curriculum Framework document states that the Board should examine all subjects at two levels. It should begin with maths and English. The students should have the choice between higher and standard level.

The committee has suggested keeping the syllabus same for both sets of papers

The officials further said that the committee had suggested keeping the syllabus same. It should include teaching and pedagogy, but the same syllabus would be examined at two levels.

The higher-level paper would have more questions on applied mathematics and involve higher order thinking skills. 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.

Several foreign countries follow this practice. For instance, the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education has a core curriculum in each subject, which is generally within the ability range of a majority of the students. International Baccalaureate (IB) also provides this flexibility.

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