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Way2k 11 Oct 2012
Std XI, XII syllabi revamped

Introduction of investigative studies pertaining to environmental problems, physical fitness index in physical education, a vast coverage of Maharashtra's past in the history subject are some of the topics introduced in the new syllabus for standard XI and XII. The Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has brought changes in all subjects across all streams. The syllabus has been changed considering the National Curriculum framework and also the State Curriculum Framework 2010.

Std XI, XII syllabi revamped

For standard XI, the syllabus will be applicable from the current academic year while for standard XII, it will be applicable from 2013-14 academic year, said the Board. State board chairman Sarjerao Jadhav said, "The explosion of knowledge and technology has been reflected in the syllabi. The syllabi are truly need-based and futuristic, fulfilling the requisitions of the stakeholders." In pursuance of the existing policy of the state government, a common course in English has been designed for English medium and non-English medium schools.

In the English syllabus, the weightage has been reworked and accordingly reading skills (textual and non-textual) will carry 40% marks, grammar 15%, writing skill 25% and oral test will carry 20% marks. Jadhav said a comprehensive questionnaire, covering various issues relevant to the framing of syllabi, was developed. The questionnaire topics included nature of textbooks, contents of the textbooks, teaching-learning process, evaluation process, inclusion of non-scholastic subjects, need to bring quality into education and need to include life skill education.

The questionnaire was focused and yet kept open for the public to comment on, he said. "The responses received were analyzed and the observations were made available for the consideration of the board of studies department of various subjects. Thus, an effort has been made to make the syllabi truly of the people and by the people," Jadhav said. The environmental education syllabus is based on the recommendations of the National Focus Group on Habitat and Learning and the National Curriculum Frame work 2005.

For standard XI, topics such as environment and health, migration, evolution of technology, various Acts concerning to environment, sustainable development, ecological footprints, science and technology and man-made artifacts have been included. For standard XII, more complex topics of environment such as exosphere (atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere), ecosystem and biological population, energy and material have been included. Separate text books have been prepared for standard XI and XII.

Local specific examples have been included so as to make the book student-friendly. Various factors have been included to make the book and overall study environment activity-based. "Journal assignments are also included to make the assessment process easy for students and teachers as well. An attempt has been made to make environment education interesting as far as possible and in accordance with the local needs and national needs as well," Jadhav said.* Standard XI syllabus applicable from current academic year

  • Standard XII syllabus applicable from next year
  • Environment syllabus based on recommendations of the National Focus Group on Habitat and Learning
  • Common course of English designed for English medium and non-English medium schools
  • Vast coverage of Maharashtra's history

Courtesy: Times of India

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