The CBSE sent a circular to the evaluators of the class 12th mathematics paper. The circular asked the evaluators to provide the full marks to some of the questions that were considered as tricky. Sources say that the circular stated that the one question from the chapter of linear programming could have been perceived in two different ways which would lead the students to give two different answers. CBSE had asked the evaluators to give full marks to question number 29 from set 1 & 2 and question number 27 from set 3.
This sudden decision by the CBSE hasn’t been well received by either the students nor the teachers. The students worry that since they are given admissions to college on the basis of the marks obtained in the class 12 board examinations, ‘giving away’ would be an unfair decision. A student from one of the schools in Delhi raised his opinion stating that all the students who had given a wrong answer to the question will be receiving full marks which would be unfair to all those students who took out time to solve the ‘tricky question’.
Sources state that the circular was sent to the evaluators on the second day of evaluation whereas such information is generally sent to the evaluators on the first day itself. Sources say that because of the delayed notice, some of the students will not be able to gain from this decision.
On the other hand, many teachers across the schools have stated that the question paper was straight-forward, state sources. The teachers added that the students should not have faced any issue regarding the question paper. A mathematics teacher from Amity International School Pushp Vihar had said that the correct answer to the question paper was 350 if the student had carefully gone through the question. Students who did not read the question properly would have gotten 60 or 80 as the answer. Sources claim that teachers have stated that there is only one correct answer to the question which is 350.
Students have requested the CBSE to be fair in their decision and not give away marks to those students who had not written 350 as their answer. CBSE has replied to the questions and doubts that have been raised by the students and the teachers by stating that there are policies in place when such anomalies are found in the question paper from subject experts. If a subject expert finds an anomaly in the question paper, CBSE states that they have a mechanism to deal with them.
They added that when such anomalies are observed, the provisions to deal with such anomalies are provided by the group that is responsible for preparing the marking scheme. The board further adds that this is done in such a manner that the students are not put in a ‘disadvantageous’ position.