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Barabanki students face a piquant situation

Strange are the ways of the State Education Department. When students are busy preparing for their board exams, an order from the department changes their curriculum.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 01:20 IST

Strange are the ways of the State Education Department. When students are busy preparing for their board exams, an order from the department changes their curriculum.

According to an order issued by the Education Department and circulated by the District Inspector of School, students of high school and intermediate will have to appear for physical education and HIV-AIDS exams as well, though these subjects have not been taught to them.

An order no. 9/445 dated 24.9.05 by the department says that in Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad examination of UP for classes IX, X and XII in the year 2006, changes have been made in social science and physical education papers.

According to the new format, students have to answer questions on HIV -AIDS, its origin, history, sexually transmitted diseases, rights of an AIDS affected person, misconceptions and cure.

Similarly, students of class 12 will take questions from topics such as physical education in India, drugs and doping, leadership qualities etc.

Though the intention is good, when no basic information is provided to the students it is a nightmare for them.

It is hard to imagine a student writing a detailed essay on vocational counselling and training centres (VCTC) without attending any lecture. Even the books available in the market do not contain these topics. “As the change is the latest, we have not ordered these books from publishers’, says a bookseller.

Interestingly, District Inspector of Schools Arvind Pandey is ignorant about any such order. When told that it had been circulated with his signature, he referred the matter to the dealing clerk.

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 01:20 IST