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CBSE’s latest move on mathematics to help NE students



GUWAHATI, July 11: If mathematics has come in the way of scoring good marks in examinations by students, here is a good piece of news. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has proposed to give its Plus-II students the option of choosing between an easier and an advanced course in mathematics from the next year.

The CBSE’s move will immensely help a large chunk of students from the north-eastern States who are less strong in mathematics than other subjects. In 2017, the NCERT had conducted a National Achievement Survey to assess the skills of classes III, V and VIII students in mathematics, environment studies and language. The survey had found many students from NE States weak in mathematics but strong in environment studies and language. Such a reality is also responsible for the low pass percentage in Classes X and XII examinations under CBSE’s Guwahati region.

The governing body of CBSE recently approved a proposal to have two options — standard mathematics and advanced mathematics — instead of the single mathematics paper now on offer. The present single mathematics paper has a mix of standard and advanced mathematics. The rationale behind the new move is to offer an easier mathematics paper to humanities and commerce students.
Under the proposed system, students of Arts and Commerce streams may take normal (standard) mathematics. Advanced mathematics, dealing with higher mathematics, may be pursued by the Science students.

Samsher Ali, a retired college teacher has termed the CBSE’s move timely and prudent. “Why should students from Arts and Commerce streams pursue tough mathematics paper? Let these students follow standard mathematics paper and score well in examinations,” Ali said.

Kabita Das, a teacher at a leading private school in the city said: “The CBSE should not only revise the syllabi of mathematics at the Classes XI and XII levels but also do something to do away with the mathematics phobia among many students. “Many students cannot score aggregate good marks as they score low in maths,” she said.