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Draft of new curriculum out

The School Education Department has uploaded the draft of the new curriculum for Classes 1 to 12 on the State Council for Education, Training and Research (SCERT) website (http://tnscert.org).

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who released the draft, said the revised textbooks were being made available to teachers, parents and students so that they could offer suggestions. Comments can either be uploaded online or sent through post.

The State government launched the exercise of revising the textbooks through a Government Order dated May 22. A curriculum framework committee with former Anna University Vice-Chancellors M. Anandakrishnan and E. Balagurusamy and school education secretary T. Udhayachandran was constituted. In July, a three-day workshop was held in which over 2,000 experts, authors and teachers participated.

Their suggestions were documented. The current draft has been developed after comparing with the textbooks prepared by the National Council for Education Training and Research and those developed by other State boards.

At present, subjects such as Tamil and English have been included. For other languages, the school education department is in consultation with experts in the respective areas, and the revised draft of textbooks would be uploaded in a week, according to a release.

It was in July 2017 that the government appointed a curriculum framework committee to go into the current syllabi and overhaul it completely in the light of criticism that the State Board syllabus does not prepare students for competitive exams like NEET. School Education Minister K. Sengottaiyyan had promised that the syllabus would be ready by November.


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