Sonia slams government in LS over 'regressive' CBSE question paper
New Delhi, December 13, 2021
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday slammed the government over the CBSE Class 10 English question paper and said it reflected "extremely poor" standards of education and testing.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, she said that a "shockingly regressive passage" on women published in the Class 10 CBSE Examination held on December 11 was derogatory and regressive for women. She asked the CBSE to withdraw the question and tender an apology.
Quoting the text of the passage of the question paper in the House, she said, "Entire passage is riddled with such condemnable ideas and the questions that follow are equally nonsensical." She strongly objected to such "blatantly misogynistic material".
The question paper for the English examination conducted on December 11 had a comprehension passage with sentences that read "emancipation of women destroyed the parents' authority over the children" and "it was only by accepting her husband's way that a mother could gain obedience over the younger ones," among others.
Seeking an apology from the CBSE, Sonia Gandhi also said that the passage reflected "extremely poorly on standards of education and testing" and urged the Ministry of Education to immediately withdraw the question.
Earlier, Congress party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also objected to the question paper and accused the BJP government of endorsing the retrograde views on women.