CBSE Class 10 Exam 2021: The Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE on Monday dropped the controversial passage in English paper after Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi registered their protests calling it ‘atrocious’. The full statement from the CBSE can be seen on its official website cbse.gov.in.
The CBSE said that it was withdrawing the controversial passage and full 10 marks would be awarded to all students.
The comprehension passage for the English paper exam conducted on Saturday included sentences such as emancipation of women destroyed the parents’ authority over the children” and “it was only by accepting her husband’s way that a mother could gain obedience over the younger ones.” Other controversial sentences included ‘women gaining independence is the main reason for a wide variety of social and family problems’ and ‘wives stopped obeying their husbands and that is the main reason, children and servants are indisciplined.’
Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Most #CBSE papers so far were too difficult and the comprehension passage in the English paper was downright disgusting.
Typical RSS-BJP ploys to crush the morale and future of the youth. Kids, do your best. Hard work pays. Bigotry doesn’t.”
Speaking in parliament, Sonia Gandhi said, “I urge the Ministry of Education and the CBSE to immediately withdraw this question, issue an apology and conduct a thorough review into this egregious lapse to ensure that this is never repeated again. I also urge that the Ministry of Education must conduct a review on gender sensitivity standards of the curriculum and testing.”
Faced with nationwide outrage, the CBSE announced that it was dropping the controversial passage. It said in a statement, “The passage in one set of the English paper of CBSE class 10 first term examination held yesterday has received mixed reactions from a few parents and students stating that ‘it seems to support regressive notions on family and allegedly promotes gender stereotyping’.”
It added, “The matter will be referred to subject experts for considered views as per the pre set procedures of the board. As regards the correct answer option and the answer key released by the board, it is clarified that if the experts opine that the passage elicits multiple interpretations, appropriate action will be taken to protect the interest of the students.”
The apex board of education in India, CBSE has a pan India jurisdiction and also a global presence with nearly 141 affiliated schools across 21 countries. The board grants affiliation to schools up to higher secondary level and develops common curriculum keeping nationwide requirements in focus. The CBSE was given its present name ‘Central Board of Secondary Education’ in the year 1952. The Board was reconstituted in the year 1962 when its jurisdiction was extended.
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