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Leaner, cleaner school syllabus in the works

Vani Doraisamy

Review committee set to deliver report by December

CHENNAI: If school education authorities have their way, students may have a `leaner' and `cleaner' syllabus from next year.

Acting on representations received, the authorities have put in place an intensive review of the content of all syllabi starting from the high school level.

"The review committee, headed by State Planning Commission Vice-Chairman M. Naganathan, is likely to submit its report by December and we expect to have the reviewed syllabus on the table this educational year itself," School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu told The Hindu .

On the cards is a complete review of all content, a streamlined question paper mechanism and less cumbersome texts for students to negotiate. History textbooks too will be subjected to scrutiny "to take a look at whatever is not in line with the Government's policy."

Of special interest to the reviewers will be the Physics and the Mathematics texts in the Plus Two level as students complained that these subjects had proved too tough for them at the last board examination and this had also been cited as a reason for the dip in pass percentage.

The committee will work under two mandates: to look into the difficulty levels of various textbooks and initiate a change in content, wherever necessary. Though the Government had expressed satisfaction with the syllabus framework, it had asked only for a content review.

A source in the School Education department said texts that were found to be of a `controversial nature' were also being reviewed.

The source, however, did not elaborate on the nature of the controversy.

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