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CBSE drops Gender-stereotyping passage from Class 10 English paper; Sonia Gandhi demands apology from CBSE

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CBSE: The controversial comprehension on families, women, and child discipline has been removed from the CBSE’s English board test paper for class 10, and all students will receive full marks for the questions that accompany it.

On Saturday, the paragraph was included in one of the question papers for the Class 10 English Term 1 board test. The three-paragraph sentence was slammed as “retrograde” and “offensive” to women.

The controversial question

Its final paragraph read, “What people were slow to observe was that the emancipation of the wife destroyed the parent’s authority over the children. The mother did not exemplify the obedience upon which she still tried to insist… In bringing the man down from his pedestal the wife and the mother deprived herself, in fact of the means of discipline.”

CBSE reacts to the question

Following that, the CBSE announced that the question would be dropped, citing that it did not follow the board’s criteria.

A committee of topic specialists was formed to look into the situation. It was decided to eliminate passage No. 1 and its corresponding questions from the question paper series JSK/1 based on their recommendations. “All students affected will receive full marks for this passage,” stated CBSE controller of examinations Sanyam Bhardwaj.

“All students will receive full marks for passage No. 1 in all sets of the question paper for the Class 10 English language and literature exam to maintain uniformity,” he said.

Sonia Gandhi demands apology from CBSE

Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president, demanded an apology from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and asked the union education ministry to review the gender sensitivity standard in its curriculum in a rare intervention in Parliament on Monday, after she pointed out a “blatantly misogynist” passage from a question paper from a Class 10 exam last week.

Sonia Gandhi CBSE The North-Eastern Chronicle

“This contains horrible assertions such as ‘women getting independence is the main reason for a wide array of social and familial problems,” Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha, quoting from a contentious chapter.

Many of her party members chanted “shame, disgrace” at the government benches as she spoke.

She also quoted a scripture that stated, “The main reason why children and servants are indisciplined is because wives quit obeying their husbands,” emphasising the terms “children” and “servants” as she spoke.

The president of Congress also requested a broader examination of gender sensitivity criteria in the curriculum and testing.



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