Pune: While students have always had grievances about exam dates, difficulty level, length of paper, they have now found a new online platform where they can voice their issues. It is also helping them get support from thousands of students across the country who have faced similar issues.
This year, many students have been observed filing online petitions on the popular platform www.change.org, voicing their disapproval about the timetable and confusing nature of Class XII question papers.
The first case of the kind this year was observed after the date sheet (timetable) for Class XII Board examination was released by the Central Board of Secondary Education Education (CBSE).
Recently, after the Class XII Physics examination that was held on March 7, the students also filed a petition demanding lenient correction of the Physics paper citing that the paper was lengthy and tricky.
The petition started by Miraj Subair for the same read, “Today’s CBSE AISSCE Physics exam of class 12 was a bit disappointing for many. Most of the questions were a bit tricky and indirect. Especially the three-mark questions from section C. Considering that we only got a single day to revise the portions before our exam which is yet another reason which made this paper tough.”
Subair said that the students who were preparing for JEE and other competitive exams might not have found the paper tough, but it was difficult for the others. The petition was signed by 35,000 students across the country.
The students of Commerce too started a similar online petition stating that the Business Studies paper was lengthy and confusing, and demanded lenient correction of the paper.
Online forums a positive trend
Speaking to Sakal Times, Advocate Anubha Sahai who is also a parent activist said, “Children and their parents taking up to such online platforms to convey their problems and doubts to the authorities is a very good trend. It will help the children as well as the concerned authorities know how big the issue is, and look into the matter accordingly. As far as the Physics paper issue is concerned, I feel that as so many students across India have signed this petition, the CBSE should take it up seriously.” Abhishek Raskar, a student of law said that though it’s a good trend, its success will still depend on how responsive the concerned agency is.
“If the CBSE is responding to the grievances raised by the students, we can certainly say that it’s a good trend. However, many other authorities might start ignoring the students’ pleas once this is frequent. I have filed petitions at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), about out-of-syllabus questions in our exam, but received no response. But nonetheless, it’s great to see students coming forward with their problems,” he added.
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† Prakhar Bhasin started a petition to CBSE that the timetable was inconsiderate and clashed with JEE Mains.
† “The Board Examination Datesheet 2018 is out and it is very, very inconsiderate. An intensive subject like Physics is given just one day? E.G. students are not given even a whole day for preparation and most of all the Physical Education Examination is being held on 9.4.18, the day after JEE Mains (8.4.18) even though both of the exams are conducted by the CBSE? This is a petition for the CBSE to change the current datesheet,” read the petition.
† The petition received a positive response from CBSE and the date of Physical Education exam was changed for the convenience of students.