CHENNAI: After months of discussions and conferences on new curriculum to revamp the school syllabus to bridge the gap between the State Board school education and the other curricula across the country, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami released the draft of the new curriculum for the upcoming year at the Secretariat on Monday.
The draft will be uploaded in www.tnscert.org for 10 days for public feedback. The next step would be textbook preparation as told by M Anandakrishnan, head of the Tamil Nadu curriculum framework committee.
School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said that bringing out the draft of the new curriculum was the result of consulting over 2,000 teachers, academics, professors, specialists and writers at the three-day conference held from July 20 to July 22. This draft has been made after realising the gap between the syllabus of the State Board education and that of the other curricula across the country. At present the draft curriculum for subjects like Tamil, English, Maths, Social Science, Science and Information and Communication Technology are available, said the Minister.
A release issued by the State government said that the draft curriculum for other languages would be available in a week. The revamped syllabus has been made on a par with the other boards in the country. The syllabus aims to make students more creative, create scientific temper and focus on usage of devices available while learning. The draft will be put up in the website. There will be a suggestion box in every school to garner ideas.
According to Anandakrishnan, the curriculum is based on a study of curricula of 15 countries such as Singapore, the US, New Zealand and others besides NCERT. “The curriculum has been prepared in such a way that the students would be prepared to adapt and cope with the technological and social changes after many years,” said Anandakrishnan.
Further he said the in the new curriculum, learning outcome will also be introduced. “For every class the teachers are taking, it will be known what would be the outcome of that class. The teacher should know how much the child has learned. For instance, in Maths a student should know the fraction methods well whatever was taught in the class,”he said, adding that based on the learning outcome teachers would prepare the question papers.
The head of the curriculum committee also said that the current syllabus would have more practical learning and activity based as on more experiments in all subjects so that students would be able to relate it to day-to-day life.
PMK flays delay
Ruing the inordinate delay in bringing out the draft syllabus, PMK youth wing leader and Lok Sabha member Dr Anbumani Ramadoss urged the authorities concerned to speed up the process so that printed textbooks reach the students well before the next academic year begins