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Madras HC: Don’t disturb State Board syllabus drafting panels

The Madras High Court has directed the State government not to disturb the panels constituted recently to improve the curriculum of the State Board on a par with international standards.

Published: 12th August 2017 07:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 07:40 AM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court (File|PTI)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the State government not to disturb the panels constituted recently to improve the curriculum of the State Board on a par with international standards.
In view of the advent of NEET, the necessity to review the curriculum has become imminent as the syllabus has not been revised for more than 10 years and the students are facing lot of hurdles in pursuing their higher education.

Therefore, the government has taken the right step to constitute two committees - 10-member curriculum framework committee and 13-member high-level committee. The committees comprise eminent educationalists and bureaucrats.

The names of members of the committees have been listed in GOs dated June 30 last. As the committees have already started functioning and have to file reports at the earliest to enhance the standard of education in consonance with international standards in the advanced era of technology, in the interest of students, the government shall not either make any changes in the named committee members including the Secretary, School Education Department and other bureaucrats or disturb their functioning, in any manner, Justice N Kirubakaran said on Friday.

The judge was passing interim orders on a writ petition from V Ramalingam, father of a schoolgoing boy, of Sathurangapattinam in Kanchipuram district seeking a similar relief.
At the request of Additional Advocate-General C Manishankar, the judge adjourned the matter to August  23.
The judge also directed the School Education secretary to file an affidavit about the steps taken by him to enhance the quality of education to take on all-India competition, by then.

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