Students who had mathematics as one of their subjects will be a worried lot as the CBSE declares its Class 12 board exam results on Saturday.
Teachers who have invigilated papers over the years said that the number of students scoring between 90% and 100% marks in Maths this year is likely to come down when compared to the last year.
“The number of students scoring in the 90% to 100% bracket in Maths is going to be lower as compared to previous years. I think it will be at least 20% lower,” said Neenu Gupta, mathematics teacher at Ahlcon International School.
Students had earlier dubbed the mathematics paper set for the class 12 as ‘tough’. The paper, held on March 14, was described to be very lengthy and many students couldn’t complete the paper.
A number of teachers had also said that the weightage given to several questions were not proportionate.
There were also reports about the paper having been leaked in certain regions but HRD minister Smriti Irani had denied of the report.
As the issue had caused a great deal of discontent, the CBSE had constituted an expert committee to look into the issue and said remedial measures would be adopted.
“The committee has shown leniency in its marking scheme for some questions. If the board has done a moderation of the marks at the end, then the marks will not be affected much. Students are very worried,” said a school teacher, not willing to be quoted.
School principals too are concerned on how the marks in mathematics would affect the percentage of toppers and students.
“I am hoping that they take a decision in favour of the students. Four years ago, when a similar thing had happened, CBSE had shown leniency while checking,” said Jyoti Arora, principal, Mount Abu Public School, Rohini.
Shubh Sharma, student at Bal Bharti School.
“I hope the CBSE has thought about the future of lakh of students. I am praying that my maths marks do not affect my overall percentage.”