The CBSE on Monday decided to constitute a committee to thoroughly review and strengthen the question paper preparation process following the alleged gender stereotyping controversy in the Class 10 English exam. The Board stated that the passage was not as per the guidelines issued by the Board and regretted the incident. Earlier the Somva board said that it has removed the particular paragraph and related questions from the examination paper. He will award full marks to the students for the said questions.
CBSE is committed to equity and excellence in education and promotes inclusivity and gender sensitivity, the board said in an official statement. CBSE has removed the passage and the questions asked in it from the first term English exam of class 10th as it was not in accordance with the guidelines issued by the board. “CBSE regrets the unfortunate incident and is setting up an expert committee to thoroughly review and strengthen the question paper scheduling procedures to avoid such incidents in future,” the statement said.
The emancipation of women in the question paper in the 10th examination held on Saturday ended the right of parents over children and only by accepting the manner of her husband can a mother get respect from her younger ones. A controversy arose over the use of such sentences.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday demanded immediate withdrawal of the question paper and an apology from the Board and the Education Ministry in the Lok Sabha on Monday, terming a passage in a CBSE question paper as anti-women. Sonia Gandhi also quoted her two sentences in English according to which women getting freedom is the main cause of many social and family problems and wives do not listen to their husbands, due to which children and servants are undisciplined.