CBSE Drops Controversial Question Amid Outrage, To Award Full Marks

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday dropped a comprehension passage and the accompanying questions from the Class-10 English exam and decided to award full marks for it to students, following an outrage over the board allegedly promoting “gender stereotyping” and supporting “regressive notions”.

Noting that the passage “is not in accordance with the guidelines of the board with regard to the setting of question papers”, it went on to state that “it has been decided to drop the passage No. 1 and its accompanying questions of the Question Paper Series JSK/1. Full marks will be awarded for this passage to all the students concerned”.

Earlier, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday urged the Ministry of Education and Central Bureau of Education (CBSE) to immediately withdraw a “shockingly regressive passage” in a recent Class 10 English exam question paper and issue an apology.

Sonia Gandhi raised in Lok Sabha the issue of inclusion of the “regressive passage” in CBSE’s question paper for the Grade 10 exam, demanded a withdrawal of the passage and an apology. Speaking in Lok Sabha during the ongoing winter session, Gandhi said, “I urge the Ministry of Education and CBSE to immediately withdraw this question, issue an apology and conduct a thorough review into this lapse to ensure this is never repeated again.”

Earlier, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday slammed the Government for endorsing “retrograde views on women” as a question in the CBSE class 10 board exam sparked controversy.

Taking to Twitter, the leader shared the board question paper and said, “Unbelievable! Are we really teaching children this drivel? Clearly the BJP Government endorses these retrograde views on women, why else would they feature in the CBSE curriculum?”

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday called the English paper of the CBSE class 10 board exam “downright disgusting” and said that it was a “typical RSS-BJP ploy” to crush the morale and future of the youth.

The Congress leader also advised the students that only hard work pays, “bigotry doesn’t”. Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader said, “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.”

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