State board to revise maths syllabus three months ahead of final exams
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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."
Various education boards recently upgraded their syllabi. The Maharashtra state board too upgraded its maths and science syllabi for the current academic year. The syllabi finalised for physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics at senior secondary level for 2012- 2013 board examination has certain additions and deletions. According to junior college teachers, too many additions have been made to the chemistry and biology syllabi. However, upgrade of syllabus for maths and physics is appropriate, the claim.
"Class XI students have shared with us their problems in coping with the upgraded syllabus. These students are still new to these changes. Little time is left for the board exams; the board officials have to review the syllabus and make necessary changes as soon as possible." said Bhuvaneshwari R, chemistry teacher from South Indian Welfare Society's (SIWS) college at Wadala.
State board's chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said, "We have taken great efforts to upgrade the syllabus. All the topics incorporated in the syllabus are on a par with other boards. However, we are still reviewing the other three subjects; changes will be made if necessary."