The Karnataka Government has welcomed the proposal to have common syllabi for Mathematics, Science and Geography with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday discussed the proposal at the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE), the highest body to advise Central and State governments on the issues and policies of education.

Various proposals, including making Class X examination optional for CBSE students and introducing grading system in those schools from next year, were discussed.

Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, told The Hindu that while the State Government supported the common syllabi proposal, it was opposed to a centralised examination authority that would include the State examination boards.

“At the meeting in New Delhi, we were told that the State Government could decide on making the 10th board (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examination optional, on the lines of the CBSE. There is no pressure on the State boards to make the Class X examination optional. We have decided to retain the present system,” he said.

About the common syllabi, the Minister said that the core curriculum would better equip the students studying under the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) to handle competitive examinations, as the CBSE’s level was higher than that of the KSEEB’s.