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The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has upgraded the syllabus for physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology for standard XII from academic year 2012-13, however, the new textbooks are yet to hit the market. The syllabus upgradation has been done as per the core syllabus prepared by the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE). However, the board is still in the process of printing the new textbooks. This has left students of std XI in a fix since their final exams will be over by mid-March and they will be unable to immediately start preparations for std XII, as is the practice.
Though textbooks for physics and mathematics I and II are likely to be available by March 15, it would probably be two months by the time all the textbooks arrive in the market in their upgraded form. Harsh Prasad, a student of Fergusson College, told TOI, "std XII is a crucial year and I have enrolled in a coaching class for mathematics and other science subjects. The coaching classes will start from March 20, but I don't know how we will study without the textbooks." The upgraded syllabus for std XII will be implemented from academic year 2012-13 for science students. The board has tried to reduce the study load by eliminating some overlapping topics and concepts. The syllabus upgradation has incorporated topics that will enhance problem-solving abilities of the students. Satish Gokhale, who runs a coaching class for std XII science students, said, "We don't know what changes are being brought about and the weightage to be given to different topics. We will have to wait for another two months at least to get a clear picture of the upgraded syllabus. Till then, we will try and teach some basic topics so that not much time is lost." Harish Butale, who runs an educational non-governmental organisation called District Entrance Examination Performance Enhancement and Research, said, "The change in syllabus was on the cards for a long time and the final syllabus was drafted at least six months ago. I do not understand why the board is taking so long to print the books." Nidhi Kulkarni, a std XI student, said, "We know that after revision of the syllabus some new topics will be included. But we have no idea what these topics would be. The board has said the additions will be such that it will prepare students for competitive examinations. In such a case, the textbooks should have been out at least a year in advance, since students usually start to prepare for competitive exams right after std X." Speaking to TOI, chairman of the board Sarjerao Jadhav, said, "We took some time to finalise the new syllabus as per the COBSE thus leading to a delay in printing the books. The new syllabus aims at bringing every board at par with each other. The syllabus for mathematics I and II and physics is completely upgraded and printing for these textbooks will begin next week. We will try and make available the text books of these two subjects by March 15." Meanwhile, Anita Kadam, principal, K.T. Memorial High School, said, "Our school will reopen only in the first week of June. We are hoping that the new text books of science will be available by then."
Courtesy: Times of India
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