State board to revise maths syllabus three months ahead of final exams

Necessary

Teachers, however, want chemistry and biology syllabi, which have increased by 55% & 35%, modified.

After being criticised on the upgraded syllabus for Classes XI and XII, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to omit a few chapters and concepts from the maths curriculum. Teachers, however, said revisions were needed in biology and chemistry syllabi, which had suddenly become vast, and not in maths.

"We will now send a proposal to the state government for making the necessary changes in the upgraded syllabus of maths," said Kalyan Gawade, research officer of MSBSHSE. "The syllabi of chemistry, biology and physics are appropriate and were upgraded keeping in mind the standard of national competitive exams. We felt that certain portions in maths should be omitted," he said.

"The chemistry and biology syllabi have increased by 55 per cent and 35 per cent respectively. It has become impossible for teachers and students to complete these subjects in time. In physics and maths, there is hardly an increase of 10 -12 per cent. Instead of omitting chapters from maths, they can make some changes in chemistry and biology," said Anil Deshmukh, senior Physics teacher at Sathaye College in Vile Parle.

Deshmukh, who is also the general secretary of Maharashtra State Federation of Junior College Teachers' Organisation (MSFJCTO) said, "We had met the chairman of the state board in August to discuss these issues. Not only have they increased the syllabus, but they have also merged the two parts of chemistry, biology, physics and maths into a single paper. We have demanded that they should make it two papers (part 1 and part 2). The state board chairman assured us that the syllabi would be reviewed again and necessary changes would be made. However, nothing has been done till date."

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