PUNE: The State government has started working on changing the syllabus for Std XI and XII. A highly placed source from the Ministry of Education, Government of Maharashtra, stated that the syllabus will be changed. “Although there is no official announcement yet, the process for the same has already begun at various levels. As the Std X syllabus was changed for the academic year 2018-19, it only made sense to change Std XI syllabus the following year to maintain continuity,” said the source.
Usually, the textbooks are changed around every 10 years in the State, but this time, it seems that the Std XI textbooks are to be changed within five years itself. The Std XI textbooks for science stream were earlier changed in the year 2012-13, and those for arts and commerce had been changed in 2013-14.
The sources from the education circle said that the decision was taken to bring the State board syllabus on par with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and National Council for Education and Research Training (NCERT).
Interestingly, Sunil Magar, Director of SCERT (State Council of Educational Research and Training) and Balbharati, refused to comment on the issue saying that there is still a lot of time to go. “The academic year 2018-19 is yet to start, the Std XI syllabus is meant to be revamped for the next academic year. At least let this year start, and let us do our work peacefully,” were the exact words in which the Director reacted to the questions about the change in syllabus.
The State has invited online applications from teachers and experts to form a committee to revamp the syllabus.
The syllabus for junior colleges is set to change from the academic year 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively. Online applications from teachers and experts in different subjects are invited to form committees for revamping of the syllabus. The interested candidates can apply by 6 pm on May 5, 2018.
“The teachers will be selected to form subject-wise committees after scrutinising their details like academic qualifications, teaching experience, subject expertise, etc. Then these committees will make suggestions and queries regarding the changes to be made in the syllabus, and draft the content. Apart from the teachers, researchers, journalists, social workers, doctors and artists can also apply,” Anil Deshmukh, President, Maharashtra Federation of Junior College Teachers Organisation, said.
He said, “The syllabus will not be completely changed, but will be revamped. The changes will be made within the framework dictated by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The aim is to bring the syllabus on par with that of CBSE so that even the state board students are benefited in the competitive exams like JEE and NEET.”
EARLIER THAN USUAL
- Usually, the textbooks are changed around every 10 years in the State, but this time, it seems that the Std XI textbooks are to be changed within five years itself.
- The Std XI textbooks for science stream were earlier changed in the year 2012-13, and those for arts and commerce had been changed in 2013-14.