Published: 29th March 2018
No one wants to give exams again, we don't even feel like studying: Students react to CBSE retest
Students expressed their strong disappointment over CBSE's move to hold re-test for class X and XII's Maths and Economics paper. Most students feel that it is an added stress on them
Sonali's* joy knew no bound after having successfully attempted her Maths board exam. The previous night, she was panicky as she had to write her most dreaded paper on Wednesday. Maths was a word that sent shivers down her spine and when she walked out of the examination hall knowing that her paper went well, it was all smiles. She immediately called her mother and conveyed the good news. Her mother too was ecstatic to hear the news as she was as anxious as her daughter.
All was well and good until Sonali saw that horrific news about Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) deciding to re-conduct two examinations - Economics for class XII and Mathematics for Class X, following allegations of a question paper leak.
"I broke down," she says amidst her sobs over the phone. "My world came crashing down in that moment. I was so nervous ahead of the exam. I almost vomited at night. Maths has never been an easy subject for me and the thought of writing the paper again is frightening. I'm so worried that the paper will be tougher. I'm just praying that we don't have to write it again," she added.
" We came back to our school at 1.30 pm from the examination centre and heard that the CBSE has decided to re-schedule Mathematics examination," she said. " Math exam was the last examination for class X students. The question paper was easy but, now my friends and I fear that the board would set a tougher re-examination," says Sonali
"I thought it was a joke," said Kajal Vale*, a class 12 student of Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School. "I just could not believe that this was happening. When I saw the news, my first thought was that I wouldn't be able to go on my holiday! Then the panic set in about how the paper could be more difficult this time around. I am just relieved that I do not have to write the Math paper again though."
Even students who are good at Maths are anxious about the re-examination. The news also came in when the students were preparing for their long vacations.
"I do like Maths but I do not want to do my exam again," said Riti Shah, a class 10 student. "No one wants to do their exams again. And now we won't even feel like studying! Our family was to shift to Hyderabad in April because my dad was being posted there but now everything will have to be postponed."
The CBSE has said the dates for fresh examinations and the other details will be updated in its official site within a week. Till then, students says everything would be at a standstill.
"I was in shock," said Suman Agarwal*, a class 12 student at a residential school in the city. "I couldn't express what I felt in that moment. It is unfair and unjust to make students who are honest and hardworking to re-do a paper because someone has leaked the paper. I was looking forward to going out with friends to celebrate but now I don't know what to do. The date of the examination is not out either and we are all in a fix."
*Names changed on request