Sibal favours core curriculum for Maths and Science
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Last Updated: Monday, August 24, 2009, 15:39
New Delhi: Favouring a core curriculum for Mathematics and Science in all school boards in the country, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said this could pave the way for a common entrance exam for admission to professional courses.

Sibal also said the reforms in education system should be carried out in a way that helps the country to change from being a "recipient of knowledge to producer of knowledge."

"We should set up a system of core curriculum in respect of professional courses. There should a core curriculum for Maths and Science. This will ensure the level of uniform and equivalence of quality," he said, addressing the meeting of Council of Boards of Secondary Education here.

Officials from state boards and noted academicians were also present in the meeting.

"Once all the boards agree on this then there could be a one-time examination for students to enter into the varsity system," Sibal said and asked the boards to deliberate on the issue and come out with a road map.

The minister said he could not understand why there should be a difference in Maths and Science. "Subjects relating to environment and others can be different according to the state and city. But why should Science and Maths be different?" he asked.

"We have 41 boards in the country. Why should one state have four boards? We should break the walls and prepare our children for the future," Sibal said.

Admitting that achieving the idea is a "herculean task", Sibal said the current education system is narrow minded and "there is no difference between what is taught inside four walls and what is seen once the walls are broken."

He said the ministry wants to implement grading system in CBSE schools to "de-stress" education and take the load from the Children.

"Grade system will be implemented in CBSE schools soon. So, that there is no difference between children who score 99 per cent and 98 percent," he said.

The HRD Minister said if the Class X board exams are made optional in the country there will be a paradigm shift in the education system.

"We are not asking the states to follow us. We are not trying to take out their autonomy. We are helping them to reduce the burden on children," he said.

He also suggested that there could be regional boards in the country and added that these were all just his suggestions to improve the education system.

The HRD Minister also advocated the need for providing vocational training to students during their secondary education, in order to help them compete with students from other countries.

"We need to stress upon vocational training. Programmes such as automotive engineering, music and other subjects should be made available to the students. If they are interested, they can learn them during their secondary education. We can give them a CBSE degree," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 24, 2009, 15:39

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