Error-filled question papers for Urdu medium candidates in the Madhya Pradesh high school final exams left students scratching their heads in puzzlement on Monday and exposing the flaws in the state’s education system.
The gaffes in the Science and Mathematics question papers of the ongoing exams were noticed after similar mistakes in the English question paper of the class 12 exams, conducted by the same MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE).
Around 11 lakh students are appearing in the class 10 examinations which started on March 3.
Students hit hard by the callousness of the board said there were “strange terms” in the Urdu medium papers besides wrong translation.
The mathematics paper was also full of “strange terminologies” while and the Science paper had many mistakes, candidates said.
A student HT spoke to said the several questions in the Mathematics paper had words in three languages -- Hindi, Urdu and English – “and even people proficient in all the languages couldn't understand what was asked”.
“The Mathematics paper was weird. Non-Urdu terminologies were used and we didn't even understand many of the questions,” said a candidate.
Another student said while questions were in English, they were in Urdu script.
“There were such mistakes like in place of 'third', 'thirteen' was mentioned in the paper. In many questions, even the words were in Roman script,” the student added.
Students are apprehensive that they would suffer and their performance would be severely affected.
Senior lawyer Khalil Ansari, who has taken up the cause of students, said that a memorandum has been submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate requesting the board to either conduct the exam afresh or carry out the evaluation keeping in mind these mistakes.
“I fail to understand why there are such mistakes. There are thousands of students studying in government Urdu medium schools, yet this happens. Earlier, too we had approached the court in this regard,” he added.
Chairman of the board SR Mohanty said he has received complaints about the question papers.
“There is provision to take corrective measures, if there are serious errors. However, we will look into the issue and then take necessary action.”