CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has decided to have two question papers for Class X Mathematics Board examination in 2020. The board has rolled out Mathematics-Basic and Mathematics-Standard papers to make evaluations more learning-centric. The Mathematics-Basic exam will enable high aggregate in the board examinations.
However, schools have seen opposition from parents as they don’t want their ward to take anything other than Mathematics or Science. They think choosing Humanitarian or Commerce is ‘an inferior’ choice.
The new Maths question paper will help students who don’t have the knack for maths and do not wish to study maths in higher classes. Educationalists call it ‘Maths Phobia’ while parents are forcing their children to opt for Mathematics or Science, even though they don’t have any interest and lack the aptitude to do simple calculations.
Parents despite knowing their children’s potential are pressuring them while some children, even after having the talent for Mathematics are opting for liberal arts or humanitarian or commerce.
A teacher said, “We started advising parents as soon as the provision was declared. It was hard to persuade them to look beyond Science and Math.”
The board has provided the flexibility of appearing for Mathematics-Standard in July 2020 after Mathematics-Basis exam in March 2020, if the student wants to pursue the subject in higher classes.
‘Knowing one’s potential is better than beating around the bush to find out’