NEW DELHI: A significant shift has been implemented by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for learners to take their board exam next year. The change that was announced back in January concerns mathematics. CBSE announced that class 10 learners will be able to choose between two levels of mathematics in their board tests in the batch ending in March 2020. The move was directed at making board tests less stressful and optimizing the evaluation according to the student’s future efforts, which is their willingness to pursue post-secondary mathematics as a topic.
Many welcomed the move because of its student-centered strategy, but it also created a great deal of confusion. One of the confusions that emerged instantly was whether the students were made to appear in two mathematics examination stages instead of one. CBSE obviously says in its circular that there will be no’ two’ exams. The two levels will be’ Mathematics-Basic’ and’ Mathematics-Standard’ and the choice of any’ one’ will be available to learners. The Mathematics-Standard exam’s difficulty level will be the same as the current exam, and it will be simpler to compare the Mathematics-Basic question paper.
The concept behind presenting the two-level or two question documents of variable difficulty levels is that several learners do not study mathematics after class 10 and therefore do not need to be tested for the same abilities as those pursuing higher-level mathematics.
“The Standard Level is intended for learners who wish to study mathematics at Sr. Secondary level, and the Basic Level is intended for learners who are not interested in pursuing higher-level mathematics,” CBSE said. The techniques of syllabus, classroom teaching and inner evaluation for both levels will stay the same to allow learners to study a variety of subjects and then decide on the level for which they would like to appear during board exams.
Students opting for Mathematics-Standard and failing in the test will be permitted to appear in the Mathematics-Basic or Mathematics-Standard compartment examination. Students who opt for Mathematics-Basic can only appear for the Basic Level in the compartment test.
If a student opts for Mathematics Basic and passes the test but later changes their mind and wants to study higher-level mathematics, they will be permitted to appear for the Mathematics-Standard compartment examination.