Unhappy with the revised syllabus for students from class 9 to class 12, the Parent Teacher Association United Forum (PTAUF) will submit a set of recommendations to School Education Minister Rajendra Darda on Monday. The association feels that the revised syllabus in the present form will increase the stress level among students.
“More than six school children have committed suicide in the last one year alone,” said Arundhati Chavan, president, PTAUF. “Somewhere the education system is to be blamed for the suicides. We need a student-friendly system in place.”
The association has recommended that the syllabus should be changed from Class 5 because it will be easier for students to cope with the new pattern. “It should be mandatory for schools to have a counselor. Sex education should be made mandatory from primary classes. The PTA would also provide help and assistance wherever required,” said Chavan.
Last week, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education’s uploaded the revised syllabus on its website. The Board has invited opinions, suggestions and criticisms from parents, academicians and other stakeholders by November 25.
According to the revised syllabus, the subject on information and communication technology will no longer be optional. The 50-mark paper will comprise theoretical and practical assessments.