No change in school curriculum this year
New portion for Std I to VIII to be introduced from 2013-14 as state left with very little time to implement decision before start of school this year
The state education department has put off till the next academic year its decision to usher in a revised curriculum from Std I to VIII as there is very little left to do so this time round. The department last September had come out with a government resolution (GR) announcing there would be a change in syllabus from this academic year, but things got delayed because of issues between the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in the city and Bal Bharti (the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research) over the past year.
According to officials from the department, both the SCERT and Bal Bharti want to decide on the special syllabus to be taught in the schools even though it was decided that the SCERT will work on the revision and the Bal Bharti will design and print the textbooks.
“As most schools across the state have started admissions and some are doing so under the Right To Education (RTE) reservation quota, the department has decided to delay the alteration in the curriculum till next year,” an official from the department said.
The department has decided to let the SCERT revise the syllabus of the classes. The SCERT, which is one of the apex institutes in the state for providing academic support and improving the quality of education, will also impart training to teachers and reserved class students in their respective schools.
“We have drafted the suggestions with the education department and, if approved, we’ll start the process by the end of this year,” an official from SCERT said.