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Matric Schools may switch over to CBSE Syllabus
It is feared that at least some matriculation schools will switch over to CBSE pattern, if the government is to enforce samacheer kalvi (uniform education).
Though the Muthukumaran Committee had recently submitted a report on the subject to the Chief Minister, it did not figure in the Governors Address. However, many still hope that the government would pursue the subject in the coming days.
‘The concept is good but it is not acceptable to us to downgrade the syllabus. Hence we plan to adopt CBSE pattern, some administrators of matriculation schools, on condition of anonymity,” said.
Citing problems in government schools due to tough syllabus, they felt that further upgradation of syllabus up to matriculation level in government schools could affect students there.
In the district, except three schools set up recently near Erode, over 80 schools follow matriculation pattern.
The people also show interest to enroll their wards in such schools on the hope that it would help them go through easily in plus 2.
“Indeed, the syllabus is tough in matriculation. But the students are intelligent enough to cope up with them,” says Avudaithai, headmistress of Vellalar Matric HSS.
She said all would welcome the samacheer kalvi if the standard in matriculation high schools is not lowered.
Many leaders among teachers unions, including TN Aasiriyar Kuttani state president M Meenakshisundaram, welcomed samacheer kalvi.
TN Primary Teachers Federations C Kandasamy said “The scheme would remove disparity and ensure equal competence among students if the teacher-student ratio is fixed at 1:20 against the present 1:40.”
PMDK district secretary and lawyer PT Loganathan, quoting his party president Vijayakanth, asked why students are discriminated in the name education systems.
“Before implementing the scheme, a study must be made on how far the changes could be effective for students of government schools,” Vellalar College of Education principal Dr P Rani Padmini said.
Compared to students of CBSE stream, the lifestyle of students of government schools is different as they come from poor background. The teaching method and infrastructure in such schools are also different. Hence, before bringing any changes, such schools should be improved, she said.
College professor Dr C Suseela wanted uniform education at national level to further strengthen integrity and sovereignty of the nation.
But Sengunthar Primary School HM Padmini felt primary education should be exempted from the scheme.
Education department officials say under the Sarva Siksha Abiyan (SSA), CDs on science subjects and languages are used as teaching equipment.
So the standard would further improve once a uniform pattern is introduced, they hoped.