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CBSE to give 2 marks for incorrect question in Class X English paper: report

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Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has decided to give extra marks to the students who have attempted the erroneous question in Class X English Board Examination 2018, suggests reports. As per the information available, CBSE has agreed to give 2 marks for the comprehension passage question which had asked students to look for synonyms. The reports available now on WhatsApp groups suggest that the CBSE has decided to give these marks to all the students who have attempted the question.
After students and teachers raised concerns about a question in Class 10 English paper, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had assured that the board will look into the matter before the finalisation of marking scheme which is to be prepared for evaluation of this paper.
CBSE had conducted the Class 10th English board examination on March 12, 2018. However, shortly after the paper, the expert groups were buzzing regarding a wrong question in the comprehension passage. The third question of Passage 2 which asked students to search and write synonyms of endurance, obstruction, and motivation in paragraphs two, four and five, respectively of the given passage. Many students were left confused. Experts and teachers noted that the actual synonyms of the words were to be found in paras three and six of the passage.
According to a news report, CBSE has decided to give two extra marks to the students who have attempted the comprehension passage question which had asked students to look for synonyms.
The CBSE had conducted the Class X English paper on March 12, 2018.
Talking about the question, teachers agreed that the error was there and it may have likely confused the students. A teacher explained, “Students tend to look for the meanings in the paras specified. However, even if a student was able to search for the synonyms in different paragraphs, he/she would have been confused regarding the same, trying to find some other synonym which was not there!” The paper barring this 2 mark question was fairly easy. Teachers had reported that the literature section could have been a bit tricky for students but the remaining paper was easy.
The question was clearly erroneous and many teachers have reportedly sent their feedback to the Central Board of Secondary Education in the prescribed format as required. Following the feedback, the board has, as per reports, decided to rectify the error. According to the WhatsApp messages doing rounds in various groups of schools in Delhi NCR, CBSE has decided to grant 2 marks to all those students who have attempted the question.
Word of Caution: While the group which has shared the message is reliable, the origin of the message is not available and cannot be confirmed. The message is simply being circulated on the WhatsApp groups. Also, please note that CBSE has not shared any circular regarding the same. On the other hand, the news could very well be true as CBSE is known to provide marks to students in case of a question that is found to be erroneous. As per other reports, an online petition for the same was also started.
It may be noted that in the third question of Passage 2, the students were asked to search and write synonyms of endurance, obstruction and motivation from paragraphs two, four and five, respectively but the experts and teachers noted that the actual synonyms of the words were to be found in paras three and six of the said passage.
As to the veracity of the reports, a TV channel again reiterates that while the group that has shared the information is reliable, the origin of the message has not been confirmed as yet. Also, the marking scheme of the papers has not been shared by the board as yet either. As to the probability of this happening, experts suggest that in all probability, CBSE is most likely to grant these 2 marks, but only to those students who have attempted the question – whether or not they have gotten the answers right.

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