Many students of class 10 find difficulty in preparing for the Mathematics paper as they do not have much interest in the subject. There are a number of students who are not willing to study Maths in higher classes but have to write the tougher edition of the test in their class 10 board exams. For the convenience of such students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is working on a proposal to introduce two versions of the Mathematics question paper in high school level.
The mere aim of this proposal is that the students who are not keen to pursue the study of Mathematics at higher level would be able to write the easy version of Maths paper in their board exams. It would help them to avoid the dip in overall percentage which occurs due to the low score in the typical Maths board paper which happens in the current scenario.
Though no clear statements are coming from the board officials, but as per the reports from a few resources, the subject expert committee is examining the proposal and is working out how the two different levels could be created. Creating two versions would not only mean two different papers for the students, but a different curriculum would also need to be followed.
If the proposal on two Maths papers comes in effect then students who want to take up engineering and sit for the Join Entrance Examinations (JEE) will be able to study the higher level of Mathematics during their high school education. On the other hand, students who aspire to study medicine will have the choice of studying the subject at the easier level.
Earlier the Human Resource Development Ministry also constituted a committee to suggest the ways to eliminate the fear of Maths among students by making it an easy subject. This was announced by the HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar after the Annual Meeting of National Council of Educational Research and Training- NCERT at New Delhi that was held in April.
HRD ministry took this action after a national survey of state-run schools revealed "fear complex" among students about the subject.
"One thing has come up in the National Assessment Survey 2017 that students have fear complex about Maths. We have formed a committee under Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama to see how to remove that fear complex so that the students see it as a friendly subject,” Javadekar told on the formation of commettee.
The National Achievement Survey (NAS) was conducted for classes 3, 5 and 8 in government and government-aided schools throughout the country in November last.