The Hush Post: The high school and senior secondary students could be a happier lot if the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) puts into practice a proposal it is considering these days. It is examining a proposal to introduce two versions of the mathematics question paper. Students who aren’t keen to take up the subject in higher studies don’t have to sit for the tougher edition of the test. This would be applicable from class IX to class XII.
The proposal is to introduce two versions of the maths paper, one difficult and one relatively easy. The rationale is that students do not feel the heat of low self-esteem if they get less overall per cent because of low marks in maths at the high-school level.
“The subject expert committee is examining the proposal and is working out how the two different levels could be created. This would not only mean a different paper for the students, but a different curriculum,” one of the examiners said on condition of anonymity, according to a news report.
For instance, students who want to take up engineering and sit for the Join Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and Advanced will be able to study mathematics at the higher level. Those who aspire to study medicine and sit for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will have the choice of studying the subject at the easier level.
Similarly, students aspiring to study economics or medicine don’t need to study higher level mathematics at the high school level, can opt for the easier paper.
This method is already being adopted by school boards internationally. They offer an extended curriculum that is designed for students who are more academically able.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar has already formed a panel under Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama which will suggest measures to combat a maths phobia among students after a national survey of state-run schools revealed a “fear complex” among students on the subject.
After the proposal is approved by the CBSE internally, it will be shared with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) which is the body responsible for framing school curriculum. The proposal will also need the approval of the University Grants Commission (UGC).