CBSE Class 10 boards, this time has grabbed headlines for disheartening students, who appeared for social science board exam paper. The subject paper had 3 mark question, which got repeated twice and left students in lurch. The exam was conducted on held on March 10.
As per TOI reports, schools said that since neither of the question was optional, students wrote the answer could easily obtain bonus three marks. However, for students who didn't know the answer, it would mean a six mark loss for them instead of three.
A school principal said, "Set number 3 of the Social Science paper sprung a huge surprise. Question Nos 9 and 20 were the same, word for word. It was literally a copy and paste job. It is very surprising that such an error went unnoticed by the authorities."
Another principal said this was a "clerical" error and hence all the more shocking. "While it is no excuse, genuine errors will continue to happen. Questions that are not part of the syllabus may find their way into paper or a higher level question making it through is part and parcel of the examination process. But how can the same question be repeated even after that level of scrutiny," she asked.
Series of problems the board exams are facing really bothering CBSE principals this time. First to come under the public glare was the extremely lengthy and "tough" maths paper of Class 12. Parents and students started an online petition urging CBSE to show leniency in marking the paper.