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Load off students, state to lighten maths syllabus

Tuesday, 4 December 2012 - 1:16pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

State board students welcome move to omit few concepts.

Puja Pednekar l Mumbai
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 increased by 10-15% compared to 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 new syllabus will be applicable to students who appear for their exams 2014 onwards.
The Maharashtra State Board of
Secondary and Higher Secondary
Education (MSBSHSE) 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  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 being taught by other boards as well,” said Sarjerao Jadhav, state board chairperson.
Students were finding it difficult to cope with the upgraded mathematics syllabus that was introduced for class XI last year and for class IX and XII this year. It was upgraded to bring SSC students on par with their counterparts in CBSE. Now, at least seven topics from algebra and nine from geometry will be omitted from the class IX syllabus, and two to six topics from these subjects will be dropped from the class X syllabus. For class XI and XII, five topics will be removed.
A teacher from Sathaye College, a junior college in Mumbai, Sunil Gadkhe said, “The new syllabus was vast and 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.”

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