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Teachers sweat it out with new syllabi

By R. Krishnamoorthy

TIRUCHI, JAN. 1. Toughness of the revised Plus-One syllabi this year has made the task difficult for teachers.

The syllabi, according to a section of teachers, has been revised to a high standard and almost on a par with that of the Central Board of Secondary Education, to the extent that teachers find it difficult to adapt even after half of the academic year has gone by. In subjects such as Economics, the standard of State Board was higher, they say.

The teachers say they never had enough time to acquaint themselves with the new syllabi at the start of the academic year, owing to late distribution of textbooks by the Tamil Nadu Textbook Society. The schools had to make do with limited textbooks and the students could obtain them only after nearly two months of the start of the academic year. That has now resulted in their lagging behind schedule in completion of portions.

Even before the announcement of the Directorate of School Education came, teachers in the Tiruchi revenue district, comprising educational districts of Tiruchi, Lalgudi and Musiri, were imparted orientation programmes in various colleges, including Bishop Heber College, Holy Cross College, and St. Joseph's College. Faculty from the respective colleges trained the teachers on the syllabi for durations ranging between two and five days.

Teachers are apprehensive, as they would have to handle the revised Plus Two portions next year. But the silver lining is — the Tamil Nadu Text Book Society has assured the Education Department that books would be distributed within time. Also, the teachers would undergo the orientation programme in May, at the time of summer vacation.

The contention of Education officials is that revision of portions was long overdue. The last time the portions were revised was seven years ago. "There might be initial hiccups. But the revised portions would make the students of State Board compete with their counterparts from Central Board of Secondary Education schools in competitive examinations on an even keel. We have to update the portions according to changing times," said a senior Education official.

Officials are hopeful that the situation will be better next year for by that time the current batch of Plus-One students would have gained the requisite capability to understand the revised Plus-Two portions. The same will be the case with Plus-One students next year, since the current batch of Standard X students follows the revised syllabi.

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