Owing to the increase in the number of committed or attempted suicide by the students due to shortfall of passing marks or grades, Maharashtra’s education minister Vinod Tawde have undertaken to change the system in favor of the week who gets extremely depressed due to poor marks secured in these two subjects.
Mathematics and English are the compulsory subjects in which a student has to secure passing marks else the year gets wasted. The decision to alter the present system has come after data has been collected over the last five years and from various schools in the state.
Mathematics and English which hold the key to success for many and is pivotal for any higher education course irrespective of the academic stream can be replaced by subjects like fine arts or dance from the next academic year.
Vinod Tawde said: “We have done a statewide survey on failure in the Class X exams. I have got the last five years’ data of all schools. The survey reveals that maximum number of failures are in Maths and English. Sometimes, failure in these subjects lead students to take their lives. It’s a serious issue. We are considering a policy decision on whether these subjects can be made optional for Class X students.”
According to education expert A L Deshmukh the decision can be correct to the extent of 50 percent. As per his understanding replacing English would do no good to the students in the long run but replacing Maths with subjects like skill development, fisheries and agriculture business subjects can take the students a long way in the future.