Classes VII and IX students following the state board (SSC) will see new textbooks, advanced teaching methodologies and conceptual learning from the upcoming academic year. The state government has been introducing changes in textbooks in a phased manner. After changes in Class VI syllabus this year, now the new syllabus of Class VII is expected to be effective from the 2017-18 academic year. Nand Kumar, principal secretary, school education department, Maharashtra said that the changes are will be brought in with the help of elected members of the academic board.
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“I wouldn’t call it as a syllabus change but yes the textbooks are changing. The syllabus will be the same but the manner of teaching will change. We are moving away from rote learning to conceptual learning and overall, our textbooks should also reflect the same. Hence it will be based on practical, experiential learning,” he said.
Once the process of textbook production is finalised, a plan will be prepared for teachers of all schools, teaching in classes VII and IX students, to be called for a training workshop through virtual classrooms before the new session begins.
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“For two consecutive years, we have been able to conduct virtual training successfully. It helps in saving time of the teachers and also virtual classrooms cut down organising travel too. The idea of changing the textbooks is solely to ensure that students gain conceptual knowledge of the subjects, which will help them advance to the next level,” he said.