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Sonia Criticises ‘Blatantly Misogynist’ Questions in the CBSE Exam and Demands an Apology from the Government

Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president, condemned “blatantly misogynist” and “nonsensical” questions in the Class 10 CBSE exam on Monday, saying they reflected “extremely poorly” on educational and testing standards.

Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president, condemned “blatantly misogynist” and “nonsensical” questions in the Class 10 CBSE exam on Monday, saying they reflected “extremely poorly” on educational and testing standards.

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The English paper in the Class 10 CBSE exam on Saturday included a comprehension passage with sentences like “emancipation of women destroyed the parents’ authority over the children” and “a mother could only gain obedience over the younger ones by accepting her husband’s way,” as well as questions based on the passage.

Gandhi raised the issue during the Lok Sabha’s Zero Hour, demanding that the passage be removed immediately, that the government apologise, and that the “gravest lapse” be investigated.

“The passage contains heinous statements like ‘women gaining independence is the main cause of a wide variety of social and family problems,’ and if ‘wives stop obeying their husbands, that is the main cause of indisciplined children and servants,'” she said, reading excerpts from the CBSE Class-10 question paper.

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The entire passage, according to the Congress chief, was riddled with such repulsive ideas, and the questions that followed were equally “nonsensical.”

Members of the Congress, the DMK, the IUML, the NCP, and the National Conference walked out of the House, seeking clarification from the government on the issue raised by Gandhi.

“I join the concerns of students, parents, teachers, and educators, and I express strong opposition to such blatantly misogynist material finding its way into an important CBSE examination,” Gandhi said.

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She demanded that the Ministry of Education and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) remove the questions immediately, apologise, and conduct a thorough investigation into this “gravest lapse” to ensure that “this is never, never repeated again.”

“I also urge the Ministry of Education to conduct a review of the curriculum and textbook gender sensitivity standards,” the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha member said.

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