The Maths examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education on Wednesday left a large number of students disappointed and concerned as they found the question paper too tough. While many teachers agreed that the paper required higher order thinking skills, thousands of students took to the social media on Thursday to vent their frustration and register complaints. The matter was even raised in the Lok Sabha with Congress member K V Thomas asking the government to ensure that experienced teachers are assigned for drafting questions. He also urged the government to take a lenient view towards the students as the question paper was difficult and most had difficulty in solving the problems.
Hindustan Times conducted an online poll on Thursday asking students to rate their performance in the maths paper. Even guardians were asked to rate performance of their wards. Out of the 3,226 respondents who took part in the poll till 7.15pm, 50% said they had performed poorly, while 30% claimed they gave a mediocre performance. Only 13% of the respondents said they had done excellently.
Amidst complaints among CBSE class XII students over the "difficulty level" of their mathematics examination, the board has called some school principals for a meeting to discuss the matter and is also mulling whether to give a relaxation in the marking for the paper. According to reports, one of the options Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry could consider is to conduct an "improvement exam". But for this a broader consensus has to be evolved, reports added.