New syllabus in public domain soon: Edu minister

The curriculum for the upcoming year will soon be out for public feedback soon, said School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan on Thursday.

CHENNAI: The curriculum for the upcoming year will soon be out for public feedback soon, said School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan on Thursday.

Speaking at the Tamil Nadu principals conference on futuristic schools on Thursday, he said the new curriculum will be made accessible to the public for 10 days so that stakeholders can give their feedback.

He added that necessary changes will be made to the curriculum based on the feedback, and textbooks will be prepared for classes 1, 6, 9 and 11. Also, ICT (Information and Communications Technology) classrooms will be set up soon at a cost of `437 crore. The department will start floating global tenders from next week. Work on ICT classrooms will start on November 15.

Speaking on the occasion, Lalitha Balakrishnan, Principal, MOP Vaishnav College, said schools need to move towards learner-centric programmes and teachers need to step out of their comfort zone. “Schools should train staff in the desired school culture and instruct staff in technical aspects of the job,” she said.

Speaking on the role of principals, she said they were the instructors of schools. “Principals are also the decision-makers who should listen, analyse, internalise the whole matter before coming to a response,”she said adding principals should build a good rapport with parents to avert any untoward events in the institutions.

Sengottaiyan said nearly 500 centres for NEET training will be opened by end of October. “The department will be releasing CDs with 50,000 questions to help students for competitive exams.”

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