The suggestion has been made to compel schools to pay more attention to Class XI syllabus.

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news Education Friday, May 05, 2017 - 18:53

The suggestion, which has been on since the introduction of National Eligibility cum En­trance Test (NEET), was ta­ken up for discussion during an 11-hour meeting chaired by School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan on Monday. This apparently will help stud­ents get their basics right and would also help in competitive examinations like NEET — 40 per cent content of which is from Class XI the New Indian Express reports. 

The recommendation has been made to compel schools to pay more attention to Class XI syllabus that routinely gets glossed over, as more importance is given to Class XII syllabus. 

N Vijayan, General Secretary, Federation of Matriculation Schools' Associations believes that Class XI board examination is more important than Class X and XII. “For knowledge, the students need to know Class XI syllabus and for that board exams are required,” he said.

He added that another major problem is that the teachers do not teach the syllabus in depth. “In CBSE and ICSE, Class XI syllabus is taught in depth. Moreover, they should also bring a common syllabus for all the schools in the country,” Vijayan said.

The decision appears to have garnered support from parents who also feel that enough attention is not being paid to the syllabus of Class XI. 

Arumainathan, state president, Tamil Nadu Students’ Parents Welfare Association said, “Most of the schools do not even teach syllabus of Class XI. They directly move to Class XII syllabus. The burden for children will also be lesser as they will have two semesters in Class XI and when they move to Class XII it will be easier for them to write Class XII exams,” he said.

The news, however has only added to students’ woes, who are already bogged down by pressures to perform in the exams.  

“There is already so much pressure on students to get good marks in Class X and after that, if students have board exams in Class XI that will be too much for them to handle,” a first-year student from Loyola college, said. 

He added that instead of more board exams, the education department must work on how they can make sure all the schools teach Class XI syllabus. “In the matriculation schools, there is no option of skipping Class X examinations also then how will the students manage?” he asked.  

“It is good move from the Tamil Nadu government but it will add pressure for the students to write board examinations for three years continuously,”  a first-year Architecture student from Chennai. said.

Saying that this move will add to student’s pressure, Chennai-based educationist Dr N Murugaiyan said, “It is important for the students to have knowledge about Class XI syllabus. Instead of board exams, the chief education officer and the district education officers should keep a check on the school if they are teaching Class XI syllabus or not,” he said.


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