Madras HC asks govt to improve school syllabus system

Court takes suo motu cognisance of report on drawbacks

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday ordered notice to the State government on a petition seeking to regulate and improve the quality of Samacheer Kalvi (uniform syllabus system).

The first bench comprising the Chief Justice S K Kaul and Justice S Nagamuthu passed the order after it took suo motu cognisance of a news report in an English daily.

According to the news report, the uniform syllabus system had paved the way for declining ability of children studying between classes I and VIII. For instance,  among children between seven years and 14 years of age, only 21 per cent of them, on an average, could read textbooks of Class I,  while 30 per cent could read Class II books. The performance of the same children in mathematics too was bad.

Many academicians had said that the standard of the uniform syllabus system was not equal to that of CBSE. Moreover, the State government’s policy not to detain students up to class VIII and non-revision of the syllabus for one decade were some of the reasons that had resulted in dilution of the quality of school education, the report said.

The bench ordered notice to the School Education Secretary and adjourned the matter by four weeks.

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The New Indian Express