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Schools to have trimester system, music, yoga

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, MAY 10. The Department of Education has finalised the proposals to introduce the trimester system in schools and to make classroom learning more interesting.

Both the proposals will be introduced in the coming academic year. The trimester system will be applicable from the first to ninth standards. The preparation for the introduction of co-curriculum courses in music, dance, drama, and yoga involved the training of 1.5 lakh teachers in the State.

The Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, B.K. Chandrashekar, told mediapersons at the new "Shikshakara Sadana" on District Office Road here that the trimesters of the academic year would commence in July, October, and January.

He said co-curriculum courses in music, dance, drama, and yoga would also be introduced in the 2004-2005 academic year. While music, dance and drama courses would be introduced from the third standard, yoga would be introduced from the fifth standard in all the schools offering the State syllabus. There would be three periods of 40 minutes each for the new courses each week. About 1.5 lakh primary schools teachers in over 50,000 government-run schools in the State were specially trained to conduct yoga, music and dance courses. Music and dance classes would be conducted before or after the mathematics and science classes to rejuvenate students. The music course would include light music, Hindustani music, vachanas, local songs, Dasa songs, and region-specific songs besides technology in music and other subjects that would create awareness about the relevance of music. The yoga course would have an introduction to the `Patanjali Yoga Sutra,' `yama', and `niyama', concepts of health, `pranayama,' `dhyana, topics related to handling stress, and asanas such as `suryanamaskara.'

The dance course would include topics related to drama and theatre such as expression, posture, speech, stage preparation, make-up, costume, music, appreciation and criticism. The Minister said the courses were expected to enthuse young children.

About the trimester system, the Minister said that in June, teachers would revise the syllabus of the previous standard and detect learning distortions among students. Thirty per cent of the syllabus each would be taught in the first two trimesters and the last would cover the remaining lessons. Instead of marks, grades would be given.

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