While some school principals have welcomed the new SSC syllabus proposed by the state, others termed it as a “thoughtless” policy change.
The state government on Friday approved a new syllabus for state board or SSC schools, which they claim will be more application-based and objective.
“It is a good move. Upgrading the SSC system is necessary to stay compete with other boards,” said Ophelia Baretto, principal, Podar International School, Santacruz, which follows the SSC syllabus.
“Once the syllabus improves, parents not feel the need to shift children to other boards,” she said.
The state had appointed the Maharashtra State Council of Educational Research and Training to create a draft syllabus. The council formed expert groups for each subject which finalised the new syllabus in a year through 26 workshops.
“One of the main suggestions was to make incorporate environment studies in maths and languages in the lower classes,” said school education minister Rajendra Darda.
Some school authorities termed the move as “blind competition”. “It is typical of the government to bring about a sudden policy change without discussing with stakeholders and to compete blindly with other boards,” said Rohit Bhat, CEO, Children’s Academy, Kandivli.
Bhat cited frequent policy changes as the main reason for Children’s Academy schools gradually phasing out the SSC board and affiliating with the ICSE board four years ago.
Principals from other boards felt that the new syllabus would help close the gap in performance between students of SSC schools and others. “Several students from SSC schools opt for the CBSE board at our school after Class 10, but find it difficult,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz.
Educationists said that the policy would fail without teacher-training. “Senior teachers who have spent years with the old format, need to be updated with the new curriculum,” said Amol Dhamdhare, secretary of the Indian Education Society, which runs 63 SSC schools in the city.