The Class-12 students who, battling anxiety, went to take the first exam on Thursday, were cheered up by the paper. It was English and while the smile on their faces – seen while they were coming out of the examination hall – in the afternoon said it all, even the the teachers across the city labelled it as “an easy one.”
Some even said even for an average student, it was an easy paper and that they expected a tougher paper. “My first reaction to the paper was ‘Thank God’,” said Chavee Gupta, a student of Modern School, Vasant Vihar, who is now set for her next board exam.
“Every question was concise. I am relieved after attempting today’s paper. It has instilled confidence in me and I am feeling more positive now,” Charvee said. The teachers maintained that there weren’t enough challenging questions and the paper – “least bit challenging” – has disappointed the gifted and meritorious students. While the questions were redundant, the teachers were unhappy with a degraded version of passages which they say could have been the challenge and thought provoking for the students.
“The passages in board examinations have a student’s rapt attention and remain in a kid’s mind for a long time. These passages could be on glorious Indian traditions of interfaith concord, syncretic value system, composite culture, family connect besides others, unlike the existing practice,” Firoz Bakht Ahmed, senior English teacher from Modern School, Barakhamba Road said.
“Easily over 75 per cent of students will secure 80. Today’s paper has a positive point allowing a dull kid to walk away with 90,” he said.