Several students of government model schools (English medium) faced problems as the question paper of Punjab State Talent Search Examination was in Punjabi.
A total of 3,571 students appeared in the Punjab State Talent Search examination on Sunday in Ludhiana district. The examination was conducted at eight centres for which students of Classes 8 and 10 appeared.
A government model school student, Navpreet Kaur, said, "The question paper was in Punjabi, so I faced difficulty in attempting questions of science. If the question paper was in English, I would have done better."
Another model school student, Gagan Singh said, "I was not aware that the question paper will be in Punjabi. It was difficult to understand the language of questions of science and general knowledge, as I have not studied these subjects in Punjabi medium."
Roll numbers were issued to 4,110 students, out of which 3,571 took the exam. From Class 8, 2,019 students and from Class 10, 1,552 appeared in the exam.
There were four examination centres for Class 10, including Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar; Government Model Senior Secondary School, PAU; Government Senior Secondary School for Boys, Jawahar Nagar and Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Jawahar Nagar.
The four centres for Class 8 included Government Senior Secondary School, Multipurpose; Ramgariha Girls Senior Secondary School and Ramgariha Senior Secondary School for Boys and Satyawati Oswal Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj.
Talking to Hindustan Times, district science supervisor Varinder Kaur said, "I have received no complaint from any student regarding the medium of question paper. But we have four English medium government schools in the district. I will take up the issue of medium of the exam in the meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Chandigarh on January 24."
The question paper comprised two parts: mental ability test (50 marks) and scholastic aptitude test (130 marks).