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School syllabus to be cut by 25% to focus on music, sports

education Updated: Aug 11, 2015 17:56 IST
Heena Kausar
Heena Kausar
Hindustan Times
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A classroom at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School near north west Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy. (File photo)

Soon, students of Delhi government schools will be able to spend more time learning music, sports, fine arts, theatre, dance and creative writing as the government plans to introduce two hours classes twice a week for training them in these activities.

Under its plan to reduce the main syllabus by 25% and give more time to students to pursue these disciplines, the government will soon allocate more time in the time-table of schools for these classes.

“We are planning to conduct two hours classes twice a week for classes on six disciplines, including music, sports, dance and fine arts. Till now these were taught as extracurricular activities but now there is going to be full focus on these activities,” Padmini Singla, director, directorate of education (DOE) told HT.

Singla said the government aimed at making students adept in various disciplines which they can pursue after school. “Students will be given proper training by experts so that they can even pursue it in higher studies or as vocation. Depending on inclination and choice, each student would have the choice of picking at least one discipline. We will get special teachers for these classes,” she said.

For starters, this scheme would be implemented only in 50 model government schools, which have been shortlisted to be developed on a par with private schools. The scheme is likely to be implemented in all government schools next year.

The education department is working on reducing the main syllabus by 25% by reworking the existing one to remove chapters and topics which are obsolete. A team of teachers, principals and experts is working on it and is expected to come out with the reduced syllabus by the month end.

“Our team along with experts is working to tweak the syllabus by removing topics which are not of much educational value. The team will submit the reduced syllabus by August 31 after which we will allocate time for these activities,” she said.

Education minister Manish Sisodia had in June announced that syllabi would be reduced by 25% to create space and time for disciplines like fine arts and sports.

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