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Students told to imagine blast scene

The CBSE seems to have flunked the parent test on Day 1 of the Class 12 board examination. Some parents have protested against the English Core question paper, calling it "insensitive". Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi report. Offensive bits

delhi Updated: Mar 02, 2012 01:48 IST

The CBSE seems to have flunked the parent test on Day 1 of the Class 12 board examination. Some parents have protested against the English Core question paper, calling it "insensitive".

Students were asked to imagine being witness to a blast in a Delhi market and write a report.

"There are families who have lost their loved ones in bomb blasts. It's extremely insensitive to include such incidents," said Ajay Suri, a businessman, whose daughter sat the exam. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/3/02_mar_pg01b.jpg

"It was a very general report and students are tested on their knowledge of their surroundings. It was not insensitive," said Fauziya Umar, who teaches English at Springdales School, Pusa Road.

A comprehension passage, too, was received badly.

"It made students nervous. My son got anxious, wondering if he was depressed," said PK Mohanty, a government employee.

The passage had statements such as, "…there are some individuals who accept competition in a healthy fashion. There are others who collapse into weeping wrecks before and exam."

"Parents need to lighten up a little and stop nit-picking. Children get more worried because of such reactions," said Ameeta Wattal, vice-chairperson, National Progressive School Conference.