December 22, 2011

Kerala 8th Std. Social Science Question Paper: shameful and pathetic ignorance of question setters

See the poor English used here. Kerala school children are unlucky to have these sub-standard persons as their teachers. There is something wrong with the teacher recruitment and teacher training.

The pathetic English used in Std. 8 State Syllabus half yearly exam question paper...

See instead of 'half yearly exam' it is 'half year exam''; what is this 'cool of time'? Why it is not "Std. VIII" instead of "std VIII"?

please see question 7 (c)
"can a person standing a point B? Why?"
what sort of English is this?
Even the typist who typed this question paper does not know that a sentence should start with capital letter and that a full stop should be adjacent to last letter of a line.
ഇതിനെ 'അബദ്ധപഞ്ചാംഗം' എന്നൊക്കെ വിളിക്കാമോ എന്നറിയില്ല. മൊത്തം തെറ്റുകള്‍. ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് വ്യാകരണം, ടൈപ്പിംഗ്‌, എല്ലാം തെറ്റാണ് എന്ന് മാത്രമല്ല  കുട്ടികളുടെ നിലവാരം അനുസരിച്ചല്ല ചോദ്യങ്ങള്‍ ഇട്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്. ഒന്നാമത്തെ ചോദ്യം തന്നെ എട്ടാം ക്ലാസ്സിലെ കുട്ടികള്‍ക്ക് ചേര്‍ന്നതല്ല എന്ന അഭിപ്രായം ആണ് എനിക്കുള്ളത്. 
Q.2. The sentence should have started with capital 'W'. It would be better if ' of a commercial bank' instead of 'services of commercial bank' is used

Q.3 "It was the policies of the British that turn different section of the Indian people against them. Examin how British policies affected the Indian peasants and working classmen?"
The questioner does not know that past tense should be used here. ..'that turn' should have been 'that turned'. It should be 'different sections' not 'different section. It is not "Examin" but 'Examine". There is no need for question mark at the end of second sentence.

Q.4. "When did the British make the partition of Bengal? What was its aim? How did the people respond to it?"

Sir, 'make the partition' means something else...It should have been "When was Bengal Partitioned?" or "When did the British partition Bengal?". Instead of "What was its aim?" it would have been better if it is "What was their aim?" Instead of "How did the people respond to it?" It should have been "What was the reaction of the people of Bengal (or India)" or "What was people's response?"

Q.6 "How did the use of money help people?"...
What is that??

Q.7 Answer the following questions based on the diagram
a. What is the name of these lines?
(b)what do they represent in a map?
(c)can a person standing a point B? Why?

It should have been plural..."What are these lines called?" is a better way to express
(c) is ridiculous. All the three sub questions should have started with capital letters and edited with proper spacing..

Q.8. The following is a table of Maps with which you are familiar in the lesson Earth and Maps.

A better way to express this is: "Various types of maps are given in the left column of the table given below. Write down against each type whether it is a large scale map or a small scale one."

Q.9 Do you rely on globe or Map to understand...

Not a good way to put forward the question..

Q.10 "............................
Above given are certain indices related to old agricultural methods on history of kuttanad .based on these prepare description on the agricultural methods"

First of all, the great man who set the syllabus must be worse than the fellow who sets these broken English questions. Why should a kid studying in 8th Std. know about ancient agricultural methods? The poor students do not even know agricultural methods practiced at present? The people who prepare texts and curriculum is least bothered about the purpose of contents they include or it relevance or the child's stage of development.
Besides, in 'kuttanad' the 'k' should have been capital letter. The fullstop must have followed the last letter of the sentence. Why "certain indices related to old agricultural methods on history..." Both the above sentences should have been joined together and written as "Write a short description on each of the ancient agricultural practices listed above"

Q.11 The arrival of Gandhiji gave a new sense of direction to Indian National Movement .Explain two examples of any two struggles"

"Explain two examples of any two struggles". It should have been "Gandhiji gave a new sense of direction to Indian National Movement." Explain giving with two examples of struggles that Gandhiji led against the British rule.

Q.12 It is not 'influnces" but it is "influences". It is not 'What was the circumstances...". It is "What were the circumstances..". It should be capital "W" for "Who". Similarly, it should be "What were the influences.."

Instead of using 'conciliate Indian National Movement" it would be better to use "pacify" or 'calm down' instead of 'conciliate' because the latter is a more commonly used word. Why should an 8th std. kid be bombarded with rarely used words? Why this ignorant English poor teacher suddenly jumps up to teach poor 8th Std. kids his vocabulary power using such big words like 'conciliate'?

The great question setter of Kerala History does not use capital letters when he/she starts a sentence, nor does she/he provide a space between two adjacent sentences. Then he asks "what was the course of conciliation measures like Simon Commission,Cripps Mission etc.? OH MY GOD!!!!

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