Now,it would not be mandatory for students of Classes I to VIII of state education board schools to take annual examination from next year as the state is planning a new application-based syllabus for them.
School Education Minister Rajendra Darda on Friday approved the draft of the new syllabus which will now be put up on the state government website to invite suggestions from experts,parents and students. The revamp has been planned after an increase in the number of students leaving SSC schools to join national and international boards.
“The aim is to make rote learning a thing of the past and bring SSC students on a par with other boards. It will do away with a annual final exams and adopt a method of continuous comprehensive evaluation. The change of syllabus will be introduced in phases,” said Darda.
Usha Wagh,primary school commitee president,Huzurpaga School,said,”Though one will have to read the draft to form an opinion,prima facie the decision looks positive. Particularly,the idea of doing away with the annual examination for primary schools. This will take unnecessary burden off students’ and parents’ shoulders. These exams lead to undue pressure on students,especially for the younger lot.”
Agnes Paul,principal of S V S High School,Khadki,said,”It is good to hear that finally the rote system will disappear. The mugging up and writing business has to end. However,the syllabus should not be entirely objective. It should be partially objective and partially subjective otherwise malpractises will increase.” Retired civic school principal Jayshree Marale said,”The revamp was long overdue. Children are being treated like caged animals in the current education system. If rote learning will be replaced by practical education,it will be a commendable move. If not,the revamp will be meaningless.”
In the first phase,the syllabus would be introduced for Classes I and II from June 2013. Classes III,V and VIII will get the new syllabus in June 2014 in the second phase and Classes IV,VI and VII in June 2015 in the third phase.
Darda said the new syllabus will also try to reduce the burden through smaller textbooks. Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training had formulated an expert panel for the syllabus revamp draft under the supervision of nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar,author Vasant Aabaji Dahake,mathematician Hemchandra Pradhan.
Syllabus for 11 subjects has been crafted after studying the curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other state boards,Darde said.