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Major changes in Plus-Two syllabus

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MADURAI, JUNE 4. The Government has made some major changes in the higher secondary syllabus with effect from this academic year.

Five new subjects, including Biochemistry and Microbiology, have been introduced while 11 subjects have been deleted from the current list "owing to poor demand."

Among the dropped subjects are Advanced English, Sociology, Psychology, Indian Music and Philosophy. A government order has been sent to all districts by the Education Secretary, K. Gnanadesikan.

Simultaneously, new textbooks have been introduced for Plus-One with a revised syllabus. Along with this, new groups have been introduced at Plus-Two-level, incorporating new subjects.

The five subjects introduced from this year are Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics and English for Communication. The eleven dropped subjects are Ayurveda, Drawing and Painting, Foundation Science, Indian Music, Logic, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Siddha, Western Music and Advanced English.

The changes in the revised syllabus are being published in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette. "The revised syllabus is in tune with the present day needs of the student community," the Education department officials told The Hindu .

The new textbooks for Plus-One came into effect with this academic year. From the school curriculum, four languages have been dropped, as the number of candidates appearing for the higher secondary examinations in these languages is less than 50. The dropped languages are Gujarathi, Persian, German and Latin.

The GO said that orientation courses would be conducted for the teachers on the revised syllabus and textbooks.

Meanwhile, the officials said classes for Plus-Two students would commence on June 10.

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