Matriculation schools pack in supplementary books

With parents still divided on the merits and demerits of the Samacheer Kalvi syllabus, some schools have been giving students supplementary workbooks.

A principal of a Matriculation school in south Chennai said that they use supplementary books up to class VIII. “These books have detailed lesson plans and are more activity-based. We use these books along with Samacheer Kalvi textbooks,” he said, adding that this is the second year since they introduced it at the school.

While one parent said that that the supplementary books were helpful, a parent whose child studies in a school which has introduced similar textbooks felt that it was a burden on the child. “My daughter studies in class III and has work from two sets of books. It is helpful, but I’m not sure if it is necessary at this age. Samacheer Kalvi seems quite simple but involves a lot of project work,” said a parent.

A debate has been on ever since the syllabus was introduced three years ago. While some parents and schools feel that the syllabus has been diluted under Samacheer Kalvi, others maintain that the syllabus along with the continuous and comprehensive evaluation system enables activity-based learning.

Some point to errors. P. Rajaraman, retired principal, Government Arts College and former visiting professor of history, Presidency College, pointed out that in the chapter on ‘Social Transformation in Tamil Nadu’ in the class X social science textbook, the name of T.N. Sivagnanam Pillai, who became a minister after the 1923 elections, was wrongly given as T.M. Sivagnanam Pillai. “He occupied the number three position in the ministry of the Rajah of Panagal,” he said.

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