Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Softening Of India

Via Times of India, A 'cool off' time for CBSE examinees

"From this year onwards, CBSE (Central Board Of Secondary Education) will provide an additional 15 minutes to help students relax and bring a near synchronisation in speed and accuracy while answering questions," said CBSE Chairman Ashok Ganguly.

Under the new system, the examination will start at 10:30 am but students will be given question papers along with sealed answer sheets at 10:15 am.

"For the next 15 minutes, students can fill up the cover page details including their respective roll numbers and utilise the time to carefully read the question papers that will have an average 24 to 28 questions," Ganguly told reporters.

"It will not only help lakhs of students to de-stress themselves but also in planning answers that require application and creativity."

Why not neck massages while we are at it? And this is not for the really competitive IIT-JEE -- rather for the somewhat basic CBSE exam. Our much vaunted young men & women are clearly going soft.


Anonymous said...


there is nothing new about the fifteen minute time window being used to fill the candidate details. The new introduction seems to be the permission to read the question papers.

This will probably benefit more proficient students much more than less proficient ones.

And such gimmickry is highly uncalled for when the CBSE is not even capable of standardising examination difficulties and ensuring quality grading.

doubtinggaurav said...


This not so young man has already gone soft.

I have begin to realize that the reason India is still a 3rd world country is education.


Anonymous said...

What else will they do but resort to such gimmickry? They never want to do much about the quality of education or about the quality of teachers - too tough an option.


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