A question in section D of the biology paper left many Class 12 baffled. It asked them to justify with arguments if one should “bury” or “burn” to control air pollution.
Twitter user Alok Bhatt tweeted the question paper to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar saying, “CBSE wants to promote burial and not burning.”
— Alok Bhatt (@alok_bhatt) April 5, 2017
The Biology paper that most teachers and students said was “tricky and moderately difficult”, has sparked outrage on social media.
The question stated the following:
“Public all over India is very much concerned about the deteriorating air quality in large parts of India. Alarmed by this situation the residents welfare association of your locality organised an awareness programme entitled “Bury, not burn.” They invited you being a biology student to participate.
How would you justify your arguments that promote burying and discourage burning? (Give two reasons)”
— Kratupra (@yesIamLogical) April 5, 2017
According to a statement that was released by the Central Board of Secondary Education later in the day said, “A show cause notice was also issued to the official concerned.”
A Hindustan Times, stated that many teachers have justified the question and have said that it is a part of the class 12 Biology syllabus. For now, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has spoken a word about the controversial biology question.