Teachers had put forward a proposal before the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) that the question paper for the subject,science and technology,be spilt into two papers for the benefit of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) candidates. On Saturday,MSBSHSE officials discussed the possibility with the teachers unions.
In the current academic year,80 marks have been allotted for this paper. The question paper,which integrates biology,physics,chemistry and environment subjects,is divided into two sections.
Speaking to Newsline,Shantaram Pokharkar,academic secretary of principals association,said Science and Technology should be split into two papers on the lines of mathematics and social sciences.
Till last year,Science and Technology was a 60-mark paper. This year,20 marks were added to incorporate environment subject. The subject has a single textbook running into around 234 pages due to this addition. While the National Curriculum Framework aims at learning without burden for students,the state boards decision to take out a single question paper for Science and Technology would defeat this purpose. Students will be under pressure considering the huge syllabus they would have to prepare for, he said.
Pokharkar said single question paper of Science and Technology could also affect the assessment of answer-sheets. It is not necessary that a single teacher who is assessing particular answer-sheet has knowledge of all four subjects, he said.
Teachers unions had recently met the State Council Educational Research and Training to discuss the possibility of splitting this subject.
When contacted,MSBSHSE authorities said the existing pattern of science and technology examination would not pressure students. The pattern is based on the lines of Central boards like CBSE. It would enhance grasping and learning abilities of SSC students. The question of burdening students does not arise at all, they said.
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