Teachers, students sweat over state board’s upgraded syllabus for classes XI, XII
The syllabus for physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology was upgraded according to the core syllabus prepared by the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE). The new syllabus, largely based on the CBSE curriculum, is expected to prepare junior college students for competitive examinations like JEE and AIEEE.
Bhuvaneshwari R, senior chemistry teacher at South Indian Welfare Society’s College at Wadala said, “The performance of students has dropped in the semester exam. Students who had earlier got distinction have now scored 50 to 60 per cent. They are expected to study from two books for one paper. The portion is new and quite different from what the state board follows. It’s a grade higher. At times, even CBSE students face problems coping with it.”
“I have been requesting parents to help students cope with this situation instead of pressuring them to get high scores,” Bhuvaneshwari added.
The upgraded syllabus has emphasised the usage of international system units, symbols, nomenclature of physical quantities and formulations, which often feature in competitive examinations. According to board officials, topics that will enhance the problem-solving abilities of students have been incorporated in the syllabus.
Afroz Shattari, vice-principal of Royal college at
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