After receiving a massive backslash over a comprehension passage, CBSE has decided to drop it as it was being regarded as â€˜anti-femaleâ€™ and â€˜sexistâ€™.
The board has decided to award full marks to all students for the passage.
In an official statement, the board said that â€œa passage in one set of the English Language and Literature paper of CBSE Class X first term examination held on 11th December 2021, is not in accordance with the guidelines of the board with regard to setting of question papers. In this backdrop and on the basis of feedback received from stakeholders, the matter was referred to a committee of subject expertsâ€.
â€œAs per their recommendation, 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 concernedâ€ it added.
The controversial passage stated, â€œwomen gaining independence is the main reason for a wide variety of social and family problemsâ€œ. It also read, â€œEmancipation of the wife destroyed the parentâ€™s authority over the children. The mother did not exemplify the obedience upon which she tried to insist,â€ read the passage.
It added, â€œIn bringing the man down from his pedestal the wife and mother deprived herself, in fact, of the means of discipline.â€
Apart from parents and teachers, many political leaders joined in to bash CBSE on their exams. â€œMost #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 doesnâ€™t,â€ Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter. Earlier, CBSE class 12 sociology exam, CBSE had issued an apology for asking a question on Gujarat violence. The question stated, â€œThe unprecedented scale and spread of anti-muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002 took place under which government?â€