PUNE: “The changes in the syllabus for Std X this year have been made keeping in mind the aim of overall development of a child. The syllabus is based on creative, reasoning and practical knowledge, and promotes better grasping and application of knowledge. Instead of just making them run after marks, we want the students to be virtuous,” said Shakuntala Kale, Chairperson of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE).
She was speaking at the guidance seminar organised by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad for students of Std X and their parents and teachers regarding the changes in the syllabus and evaluation pattern of Std X. Veteran educationist AL Deshmukh, and members of the committees of three subjects in the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textboook Production and Curriculum Research, Sneha Joshi (Marathi), Shivani Limaye (History) and Sulabha Vidhate (Science), along with Dr Vidyadhar Borkar, senior member of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Bhalchandra Atre, treasurer, and others were also present on the occasion.
Kale further said, “Due to the advancements in technology, the students have access to a lot of information. In this situation, we need to provide them with knowledge beyond the textbooks. The new evaluation method will certainly boost the ability of the students to reason and make practical use of the knowledge. The curriculum is based on the four pillars of self-experience, self-expression, imagination and action.”
The new textbooks provide links and references to the topics covered in them for the students to read more about what they have learnt. “The new textbooks will enrich the students’ knowledge. It’s an attempt at teaching them the practical application of their knowledge. The evaluation pattern has changed and I appeal to the students and parents to understand it without any pressure.”
AL Deshmukh said, “The new books are designed in such a manner that the students will feel like reading them. The exercises after the chapters are very innovative and will provoke the children to express their opinions. The books also promote group study. The concept and research-based curriculum will also make the children inquisitive and creative. As internal marks are banned, it will lead to the development of a challenging viewpoint amongst the students.”
SUBJECT EXPERTS SPEAK
Reading, comprehension and observation will be gaining a greater momentum in this syllabus. The students should realise that they will not be studying Marathi as a subject but as a language. Instead of the traditional answers, they should now focus on more expeirential writing. Practice will play a very important role here, and the parents should note this.
— Sneha Joshi (Marathi)
While studying Science, the students should emphasise on the practicals more. Rational thinking, cause-effect relationship, innovation, and curious nature should be nurtured while understanding Science. Analysis, categorisation, comparison should be part of studying.
— Sulabha Vidhate (Science)
There is a drastic shift in the syllabus of history. It will drive the students to think and opinionate. The students will have to read about the historical events and think and write about what might have caused the particular turn of events. The syllabus will allow the students to express the rational opinions behind the events in history.
— Shivani Limaye (History)