Kolkata: The Madhyamik examinees who wrote the Hindi (first language) paper will be awarded the full 12 marks allotted to two questions irrespective of whether they tried to answer them or not.
The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has announced the measures in response to widespread complaints from examinees and teachers that several questions were based on topics not included in the syllabus and a few multiple-choice questions had options that were all wrong.
Earlier Chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that teaching three languages in all state schools right from Class 1 will enable students to reach regional, national and international standards. State education minister Partha Chatterjee had announced on Monday night that students in Bengal will have to study three languages from Class 1, with Bengali being compulsory.
Hindi is taught as first language in many reputable schools in the city, including Carmel High School, St Lawrence High School, St John’s Diocesan Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur, The BSS School, Nava Nalanda High School, Patha Bhavan and National High School.