If the thought of your Mathematics exam gives you nightmares, there is relief in sight from the next academic year. The state has made the Maths syllabus for Class 9 to Class 12 easier and has knocked off several tricky topics.
Recently, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination sent circulars to all schools and colleges in the state, asking them to remove several concepts listed in the circular.
This brings respite to students, who had been complaining about the tough syllabus for the state board from Class 9 to Class 12. The syllabus was upgraded in 2010, on the basis of National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) Fram-ework, 2005. But the board had added several topics not part of the framework, to give a competitive edge to its students.
Explaining the reason for the move, Sarjerao Jadhav, board chairperson, said: “Marks of Class 12 students will be considered for admissions and we wanted to bring our students at par with their counterparts from other boards. The extra concepts in the syllabus were making it heavy, so we have decided to omit them."
This may help raise the pass percentage in board exams. Anil Deshmukh, general secretary of the Maharashtra Junior College Federation said: “The proportion of students failing in Mathematics is especially high in Class 10. Unable to cope, many students were opting for General Maths."
While experts have raised apprehensions over the exclusion of concepts, officials assured that only the topics found repetitive have been omitted. “It’s not like the students won’t be exposed to these concepts at all. Many chapters were overlapping across classes. They will study them in higher classes,’’ she said.
Since the textbooks for this year comprise the old syllabus, teachers will have to ignore the omitted sections, but books issued for the academic year beginning in June 2014 will not have the deleted syllabus at all.