The term 1 paper for class 10th English examination which was held on Saturday, December 11th went viral on the internet after an excerpt from the question paper was uploaded on the net.
What caused the controversy was a comprehension passage which had sentences that are being regarded as "stereotypical" and "regressive notions". On Monday, CBSE gave an official statement, stating that the question "was not under" the guidelines which are to be followed while preparing the paper.
As a preventive measure, CBSE has decided to drop the passage and reward students with full marks for the accompanying questions for all sets of papers of class 10 English Language and Literature to maintain uniformity.
The comprehension passage had sentences such as "It was only by accepting her husband's way that she could gain obedience from the young" and "It was always her best plan to fall back on the authority of her absent husband", which users on Twitter and other social media platforms labeled as misogynistic and regressive leading to #CBSEinsultswomen trend on Twitter.
Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal remarked that a notice has been issued to CBSE for its inclusion of an offensive misogynistic passage in its class 10 board exam paper.
The incident made its way to the parliament when Congress President Sonia Gandhi raised this issue in Lok Sabha, along with Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra who took to Twitter raising their objection towards the paper.
Since its commencement, CBSE term 1 paper 2021 has been subjected to controversy. MK Premchandran, a member of Lok Sabha stated on December 7 that question papers for class 12 Mathematics and English were tough, lengthy and few questions were out of the syllabus. He requested the education ministry for a liberal evaluation process.
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