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Revamp of SSC syllabus, exam pattern on the cards

Students in all 3,169 Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board schools in Maharashtra will soon heave a sigh of relief. The state government is contemplating a major overhaul in the syllabus, exam procedures, teachers’ qualifications and training, and the SSC board exam systems among other issues.

mumbai Updated: Apr 27, 2011 01:51 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

Students in all 3,169 Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board schools in Maharashtra will soon heave a sigh of relief. The state government is contemplating a major overhaul in the syllabus, exam procedures, teachers’ qualifications and training, and the SSC board exam systems among other issues.

The government is contemplating adopting the National Council of Educational Research and Training’s (NCERT) syllabus from classes five to 12, making it more objective and exhaustive.

This means, the learning-by-rote system will be out of the window.

The government is also looking at reducing chapters in textbooks, thus leaner books.

For class 10 students, apart from reconsidering the criteria to clear all six subjects despite following a best-five system for admission to junior college, the government might consider allowing students who have failed to give the repeat exam in May itself instead of October, thus saving them an academic year.

Also to make it easier for students in vernacular medium schools, the state might make it compulsory for all students to switch to English medium from Class 6 itself.

The state government is considering these changes based on recommendations given by a study group consisting of SSC board members, education department officials, educationists and school principals who travelled to Kerala, Delhi and Bihar to make a comparative analysis of the education system.

“We will implement the recommendations after studying them well. We are in the process of changing the syllabus of the state board and bringing in standardisation in the system. We will consider the points that are meant to improve the quality of education that we are giving,” said school education minister Rajendra Darda.

The study consisting of 22 recommendations tabled in the state legislature on April 21, 2011, was supported by the state SSC board and conducted by education related organisations — Shikshak Bharti and Masoom.

“It was observed that despite having the best teachers, leading educationists and good schools in the state, Maharashtra was way behind Kerala, Bihar and Delhi in terms of the syllabus framework, competitive exam results and quality of education,” said legislator Kapil Patil of Shikshak Bharti.

He added, “There is an urgent need of an overhaul and study has made an attempt show the way ahead to the government.”

Patil pointed out that with the growing attraction of the CBSE, ICSE and other boards, the state needs to immediately take steps to make sure that SSC is on a par with them.