Feedback has been invited on the draft of the new syllabus for classes XI and XII, expected to make entry into schools in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The draft of 24 subjects which was put up online on Thursday, drew varied response from experts and teachers. While some welcomed the changes, they also cautioned against implementing the new syllabus with the existing assessment pattern.

An official from the School Education Department said that the syllabus had been revised to bridge the existing disconnect between what is taught in schools and what is expected of students who go on to pursue professional courses. “We have heard instances of students scoring brilliantly in public examinations, and then failing in subjects in the first year. We have also added information on newer technologies such as solar power, and included concepts such Body Mass Index in nutrition to make it more relevant,” the official said. The revision in syllabus becomes relevant in the context of challenges State Board students face while sitting for competitive examinations such as IIT-JEE when compared to their CBSE counterparts, as well as their performance in professional courses. However, experts were divided on how far the syllabus addresses these needs, especially in core subjects such as physics, chemistry and mathematics Professors in medical colleges feel the new syllabus should include advances in medicine so that students who appear for medical entrance tests would be up-to-date in their knowledge. "It is necessary to update the subjects every year," said S. Geethalakshmi, principal of Stanley Medical College.

The drafts can be viewed atwww.tnschools.gov.intill 30 May, and teachers, educationists and public can send their feedback to the director of State Council for Education Research and Training atscerttn@gmail.com,dtert@tn.nic.in    or by post.

(With inputs from

R. Sujatha)

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