With the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) introducing semester system in HSC Science stream from this academic year, teachers feel that the newly structured syllabus will benefit the students.
Devyani Patel, a higher secondary school teacher of NV Vidya Mandir School, said that three new chapters have been introduced in the biology textbook this year. "The syllabus of the book has been slightly changed. But overall, the textbook is very good, due to which the passing ratio of the students will increase," Patel felt.
The physics textbook, which till last year had 16 chapters, has been divided into eight chapters each for two semesters.
Speaking to DNA, member of the author committee of the physics textbook and a teacher at Ankur School, Jayesh Purohit said, "One of the best things about the book is that the tough syllabus has been split into equal parts, which will benefit the students. Also, previous methods involved more of rote learning, which we have tried to eliminate this year by making the syllabus simpler."
Meanwhile, the chemistry book has similar chapters as compared to last year, although with new literature. "The new literature has been adopted from NCERT books. The diagrams and the colourful graphics will also interest the students. Despite this, there are still some printing mistakes in the book," said another teacher Mukesh Otiya.
However, while physics and biology have received kudos from the teachers, the Maths textbook for the first semester has certain drawbacks, said teachers. The book, with 10 chapters, does not have model question papers, which has irked some teachers.
Moreover, the head chief coordinator of textbooks, GSHSEB, Narendra Yadav said that the book also contains some topics which are not useful in engineering or any field. "Also, the book has uneven distribution of marks. One chapter that is 61 pages long has a weightage of five marks, while another chapter of 28 pages has a weightage of 12 marks," he said, adding that he had complained about the same to the education board.