A ‘balanced’ English paper came as a relief for students and parents on the first day of the Class XII CBSE board exams that began on Tuesday. Over 25 lakh students are appearing for the class X and XII exams across India.
Over 10.67 lakh students are writing the Class XII exams, with 2.7 lakh in Delhi region. The first day saw students appearing for the English core as well as elective paper. There are 691 exam centres in Delhi region.
“It was a very balanced paper and wasn’t tough at all. Like all English papers it was lengthy but who ever managed time well would have done well,” said Solani Sukul, a student of Bloom Public School.
The last exam for Class X and Class XII will be held on March 28 and April 22, respectively.
“This year’s English paper was perhaps the easiest compared to the last five years. Both language and literature parts were such that scoring above 80 is almost assured,” said Firoz Bakht Ahmed, who teaches English at Modern School Barakhamba.
Meanwhile, a physically challenged student alleged claimed that he was not given extra time to take the exam as per CBSE rules. Akshay Prashar, a student of Commerce at Rajkiya Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Kalyanpuri, said that he had 50% locomotive disability but despite that he was not given an extra hour to write the paper.
“I was told by my school teachers that I will have to carry my physical fitness certificate along with my admit card. I am 50% locomotive disabled but my centre refused to give me extra time. I could not finish my paper and could not complete over four questions,” said Prashar, whose centre was at Rajkiya Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, New Kondli.
Board officials said the school where the student is enrolled has to send a list in advance to CBSE after which the centre is informed. The school could not be reached for a comment. Candidates with disabilities as defined in the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 are allowed compensatory (60 minutes for a paper of 3 hours duration) time.