GUWAHATI, March 4 � The parents of 27 Class X students of the Maria�s Public School at Birkuchi here are apprehensive about the future of their children after the students found that the question paper for their board exams, which started yesterday, had been set as per the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF) curriculum, rather than the normal CBSE curriculum.
However, school authorities said the issue was on account of misunderstanding with the CBSE and they have written to the board seeking permission for the students to sit on the school-based examinations along with the remaining Class X examinees.
The school authorities are hopeful of a positive outcome within a day or two.
�The parents and students were not informed about the change of school curriculum under the NVEQF from the normal CBSE curriculum. There are changes in the NVEQF syllabus which was not passed on to the students. Students faced difficulties in the Mathematics syllabus, exams for which were held yesterday,� said one of the parents. Of the 160 students who are appearing in the Class X exams from the school, 27 are under the board-based system whose exams started yesterday and the remaining are under school-based system whose exams will start from next week.
�The teachers and the Principal do not know what will be the new pattern of questions under NVEQF. Students were asked to prepare the syllabus of normal CBSE board examination,� said another parent, adding �IT was a compulsory subject under NVEQF, which was declared as an optional subject by the school. There was no class of IT for the Class X students.�
The parents were called for a meeting at the school campus this morning where they demanded that all students should be placed under normal school-based examination and allowed to appear in the CBSE Class X examination.�
Senior school officials said they have written to CBSE seeking permission for all students to sit in the exams under the school-based system.
�We cannot upset the parents or let anything dark appear over the future of our students. It was a lapse on the part of the CBSE. They never informed us that we have been put under the NVEQF syllabus,� an official said.
School authorities said they had intimated the parents/guardians way back in December 2012 about the subject being compulsory and regular projects and practicals were conducted.