CBSE’s latest move on maths for NE students


Maths is a great subject to score marks, but most students get nervous while solving Math problems, CBSE brings a good piece of news for those students. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has proposed to give its Plus-II students the option of choosing between an easier and an advanced course in mathematics from the next year.

This move taken by the CBSE will help a good number of students from the north-eastern part of India and those who are less strong in Maths than other academic disciplines. In 2017, the NCERT had conducted a National Achievement Survey to assess the skills of classes III, V and VIII students in mathematics, environment studies and language. The survey had found many students from NE States weak in mathematics but strong in environment studies and language. Such a reality is also responsible for the low pass percentage in Classes X and XII examinations under CBSE’s Guwahati region.

Recently, the governing body of CBSE approved a proposal to have two options instead of a single Math paper and these two options are.

  • Standard Mathematics
  • Advanced Mathematics

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At present, the maths paper is designed with a mix of standard and advanced mathematics. The rationale behind the CBSE’s new move is to give an easier option of maths paper to humanities and commerce students. Based on this proposed system, the students of Arts and Commerce streams may choose the normal (standard) maths, whereas Science students can choose the advanced maths (higher mathematics).

The Educators shared their opinions about this new move of CBSE. In this regard, Samsher Ali, a retired college teacher said, “Why should students from Arts and Commerce streams pursue tough mathematics paper? Let these students follow standard mathematics paper and score well in examinations,” Kabita Das, a teacher at a leading private school added, “The CBSE should not only revise the syllabi of mathematics at the Classes XI and XII levels, but also do something to do away with the mathematics phobia among many students. “Many students cannot score aggregate good marks as they score low in maths.”

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