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Maths could be optional after Class 8

Students may find it too good to be true but the Govt is worried...Is Mathematics taking its toll on young minds?

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 11:42 IST

Students may find it too good to be true but the ministry of youth affairs and sports has moved a proposal to make mathematics an optional subject after Class 8.

"Mathematics has been taking its toll on young minds. They are overburdened and the huge amount of stress is forcing students to stay away from sports and other recreational activities," said SY Quraishi, secretary in the ministry of youth affairs and sports.

"We have written to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the department of education to take note of this proposal and give much needed relief to hundreds of thousands of students," Quraishi said.

"Over 80 per cent of the study time is devoted to this subject and the board results in mathematics are not encouraging too."

He said the proposal was sent about a month-and-a-half ago along with a congratulatory message to the CBSE for its initiative to award 20 marks through internal assessment in this year's board examination.

"Authorities in both offices have said they will consider the proposal and give a serious look at my proposal," Quraishi said.

Clarifying his stand, Quraishi said: "I am not against mathematics but one subject should not be a hindrance to the other subjects or to sports activities.

"Anyone interested in reading the subject or doing research in the field should be promoted and there should be no obstacle on his way to achieve expertise."

On India's performance at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, where the country won 50 medals, Quraishi said it was "encouraging and youngsters should be groomed to bring glory to the nation in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2012 Asian Games and 2016 Olympic Games".