The State Government should have one maths paper in Plus Two and remove subjects like Business Maths, said Jayaprakash A. Gandhi, career guidance and education consultant, at a function the Rathinam School of Management organised here on Saturday.
The Hindu was the media partner for the programme, ‘An Interactive Information Session on Various School Educational Boards and Curriculums'. For pursuing a number of disciplines at the graduate and post-graduate level, mathematics was a must. The Business Maths paper the Tamil Nadu Government had for Plus One and Plus Two students was not of much use because not many universities and colleges recognised the same and treated it on a par with mathematics.
For pursuing commerce in Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi, and economics in St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, students needed mathematics.
Not only that; to pursue Master of Computer Applications courses that were recognised by universities in the State, students needed mathematics. Given the situation, the Government would do well to remove other maths papers and instead introduce a common maths paper, he said. Moving on to public examination, Mr. Gandhi said the Government should come up with tough question papers at Plus Two examinations so that the number of students scoring centum was reduced.
It would also have a positive impact on the engineering and medical cut-off, as the fate of top scorers, when in a tie, was being decided using the date of birth. Such a ridiculous practice happened nowhere except Tamil Nadu.
He suggested to the students to opt for commerce and economics as bright opportunities awaited them in those disciplines.
V. Banumathy, Principal, Park Global School, compared the pluses and minuses of CBSE and ICSE syllabi. Shirley Immanuel, Principal, Noyyal Public School, and Venkata Ragavaraj, IB Diploma Co-ordinator, Chinmaya International Residential School, also spoke.
Madan A. Senthil, Chairman, Rathinam group of institutions, said that the purpose of the management school holding the programme was to help confused and concerned parents chose the right education board for their children.