Sixteen-year-old Tanmay Sathpute heaved a huge sigh of relief when he was told that several concepts will be omitted from the maths syllabus before he appears for his board exams in 2014.
Currently studying in class XI, he was one of the many who were feeling the pressure of the upgraded syllabus. “I am glad that the board is considering this. The upgraded portion had risen by 10-15% from the old one,” he said.
Like him, lakhs of state board students have welcomed this move which will make number crunching a lot easier. After complaints from parents and teachers about the vast syllabus, the state board decided to lighten it by omitting a few concepts, preferably those which are not a part of either the CBSE or ICSE syllabus.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education recently submitted a proposal to the state government to remove the algebra- and geometry-related concepts from the upgraded syllabus for class IX to class XII. Once the state gives its nod, the changes will be effective from academic year of 2013-14 onwards.
“A review of the upgraded syllabus revealed that students found the portion too vast. Since the paper is being reduced from 150 to 100 marks, we decided to omit some concepts which are not taught by other boards,” said Sarjerao Jadhav, state board chairperson.
The upgraded maths syllabus was introduced for class XI last year and for class IX and XII this year. It was done so SSC students could be on par with their CBSE counterparts. Seven algebra topics and nine geometry topics will be omitted from the class IX syllabus, and two to six from these subjects will be dropped from the class X syllabus. For class XI and XII, five topics will be cut down.
Sunil Gadkhe a junior college of Sathaye College, Vile Parle, said, “Students had to study too much for too few marks. HSC students had to study the entire new chapter of trigonometric functions for just six marks.”