Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has put forth a proposal of having two different examinations for the Mathematics papers for classes 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th in future, one easy and one tough. The idea behind this proposal is to help students who do not intend to pursue mathematics in the future, to get rid of the tag of being weak in the subject. Maths, despite being interesting, turns into a phobia in high school, and varies from one stream to the other in the later stages. This move is bound to help students take up exam based on their stream and will make students appreciate maths as a subject and reduce their fears.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry also formed a panel earlier this year to suggest measures to combat a maths phobia among students after a national survey of state-run schools revealed a “fear complex” among students on the subject.
Till now it is a tentative plan, if the proposal gets CBSE nod, it will be shared with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The NCERT is the organization which is responsible for framing school curriculum.
A number of school boards overseas follow this practice. Their core curriculum in each subject is generally within the ability range of a large majority of the students. They also offer an extended curriculum that is designed for students who are more academically able.
To ensure that universities accept the two different levels of mathematics being offered at the high school level, the proposal will also need to be approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC).