CBSE: Anger as Indian review issue blames ‘wives who disobey their husbands’ for indiscipline in children


A school exam in India that blamed women and feminism for ill-behaved children has caused anger among students, parents and opposition leaders in the country.

A reading comprehension exercise during the class 10 exam held on Friday suggested that “the emancipation of women has destroyed parental authority over children” and blamed teenage indiscipline on a “feminist revolt. “.

The exam was aimed at students of the Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE) managed by the federal government.

The reading comprehension passage also suggested that historically the husband was “master in his own house”, that “his wife gave him formal obedience” and that “children and servants thus came to know their place. “.

Once the questionnaire was made public, it angered the public as well as senior politicians from opposition parties across the country, who claimed the school board’s attitude was regressive.

Anita, a student at a school in the southern Indian city of Chennai who was only identified by her first name, said The hindu newspaper: “I cannot believe that such a regressive and inappropriate passage has been given to us. It is very disappointing that the CBSE board can do this during a national level review in 2021. “

The reading passage was followed by a multiple choice question in which students were asked to characterize the author of the passage as either a writer who was a “chauvinist pig” or someone who “takes a light-hearted approach.” of life “.

Many students, who were shocked to find the backward ideas expressed in the passage, chose “chauvinist pig”. But that was not the correct answer, according to the CBSE’s answer key for the exam, multiple media reported.

The correct answer, according to the school board, was “take a light approach to life.”

Other options included “an unhappy husband” or “caring for the well-being of his family.”

Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the country’s opposition party, the Indian National Congress, tweeted: “So far most of the #CBSE papers have been too difficult and the comprehension passage in the English newspaper has been downright disgusting.

He added that they were “typical stratagems of the RSS-BJP to crush the morale and the future of the youth”.

He then encouraged the children to “do their best. Hard work pays off. Bigotry doesn’t.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, another Congress leader, tweeted: “Amazing! Are we really teaching children this drivel? Obviously, the BJP government approves of these backward views on women, why else would they feature in the CBSE program? “

On Monday, the CBSE released a clarification and said it was dropping the controversial passage and accompanying questions on “women’s empowerment.”

The CBSE statement said that the passage was “not in accordance with the guidelines of the board of directors with regard to the preparation of the questionnaires”.

The jury also said it would give “the students the total mark for this passage” regardless of which answer they choose.

Jothimani, a congressional leader from Tamil Nadu, also wrote to CBSE president Manoj Ahuja, urging him to recall the document and debrief it with the students.

“Having such passages in a quiz would only normalize such regressive and misogynistic thinking,” she wrote and suggested that an awareness session be held in every class of class 10 “to explain why such ideas regressive must not find its place in the 21st century “.

The CBSE was recently criticized for another question, this time for its class 12 sociology exam exam.

The newspaper carried a controversial issue about the Gujarat riots of 2002, in which more than 1,000 Muslims were slaughtered.

The question was: “The unprecedented scale and spread of anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002 took place under which government? “

The options for the question were: “Congress”, “BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party]”,” Democratic and Republican “.

After facing backlash on the issue, the CBSE called the issue “inappropriate” and pledged “tough action” against those responsible.


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