By Dinesh Verma - March 22, 2023
Jaipur40 minutes ago
Now lakhs of students from 6th to 12th in Rajasthan will have to study 30% less syllabus. After the Corona period, the syllabus has been cut by 30% to reduce the pressure of studies on the students. New books with less syllabus will be available for the children to read in this session itself. Rajasthan Text Books Board is going to start distribution of these books from Wednesday.
Many questions are arising in the minds of the students as well as their parents regarding such a big change in the school syllabus. Why this 30% syllabus has been reduced? Will the reduced syllabus be taught next year? NewsBust India took answers to all these questions from educationists and officials involved in this change.
Vinod Purohit, Secretary, Rajasthan Text Book Board said that the syllabus for the new academic session 2023-24 has been reduced by 30%. These changes have been made in the books from class 6 to 12 on the lines of NCERT. So that there is no pressure on the students after the Corona period. Along with this, students can get good and quality education.
How have the changes been made?
Purohit told that the syllabus has been cut on the basis of subject-wise ratio under the supervision of the expert committee by the text book board. Only difficult or only easy topics have not been removed. Rather the entire syllabus has been reduced proportionately. So that students can concentrate and study well. Whatever schools of Rajasthan are affiliated by the state board, only the textbooks of the Board will be valid there. For this, new books will be available to the students by March 22.
Vinod Purohit said that the textbooks are from the Board which have better and cheaper books than NCERT. In which the same content is there, which is in NCERT books. But due to lack of information, students are buying expensive NCERT books.
Better quality than NCERT
He said that the books of Rajasthan Text Book Board are better than NCERT. We have also reduced the syllabus by 30%. Whereas our quality is better than them. But the students do not have much knowledge of the text book board. Because of this, he prefers to buy NCERT books in the market. Whereas Mandal’s book of textbook is more better and of good quality than NCERT.
The pressure to complete syllabus will reduce: Educationist Rajendra Mohan Sharma
Educationist Rajendra Mohan Sharma said that since the Corona period, the education of the students is getting affected a lot. In such a situation, if the education department has taken a good decision to cut the syllabus. Because there is a lot of pressure on the students from getting good marks to completing the syllabus. The whole society along with the parents wants the children to get good marks. Will have to study more for good marks. So there will be wrong and more pressure on the children.
Sharma said that there are wrong concepts in the minds of the general public regarding the learning process. By reading too much, the child will not learn much. Rather, by reading correctly and accurately, the child will get more information and knowledge. Why not have only 2 chapters in a book. But the content and version will be complete in that. So the student will not be harmed in any way but will be benefitted.
Educationist Rajendra Mohan Sharma
Sharma said that we have also seen a time when the entire course was completed and there was no problem. At the same time, in the time of Corona, children were passed on the basis of grading without examination. In such a situation, considering the condition of the students in the present situation, this decision of the government is completely correct. This will directly benefit the students.
NewsBust India, with the help of experts, answered 10 questions that are in the minds of lakhs of students and their parents.
1. Is 30% cut in syllabus for the first time?
Even before this in Rajasthan, the syllabus has been cut many times. As per the requirement, the state government has been making such deductions keeping in view the circumstances. In the past, new chapters have also been added as per the requirement and old chapters have been removed.
2. Why was the decision taken to reduce the syllabus, was any research done?
The circumstances that developed during the Corona period were unbelievable in themselves. Educationists did many researches at the world level to reduce the syllabus. Research related to education is done on scientific and psychological basis only. It is taken care of which standard children understand, what they should be taught.
In such a situation, it was concluded in those research that keeping in mind their learning ability (learning ability), the course should be cut for the children. On this basis this decision has been taken. This decision has been taken by the committee constituted by the state government. This base became worldwide and has happened in almost all countries.
3. Who decides the cut off syllabus?
Rajasthan Text Book Board only issues syllabus books but it has no role in deciding the syllabus. The syllabus is determined by SCERT (Rajasthan State Council of Educational Research and Training, Udaipur) only. Where subject experts have been posted by the state government. In which state, what syllabus will be taught, it is decided on the basis of the guidelines of the government.
In fact, the state government has made it a point for the last several years that only the syllabus prescribed by NCERT is being accepted in the state. That’s why there is very little exercise in change at the state level. Things that are determined at the national level. The same children are being taught all over the country. However, states add certain topics according to the state’s condition.
4. Those who have reduced 30% syllabus, will it be taught in the next classes?
Whenever a syllabus is reduced, there is no condition that it will be taught in the next class. While reducing the syllabus, it is kept in mind that the learning ability of the children should be taught to that extent. In this, the principles of education psychology are fully taken care of. In such a situation, reducing the syllabus will not have any adverse effect on the learning ability of the children.
5. How and how much is the Rajasthan State Board syllabus different from NCERT?
In Rajasthan, 100% syllabus is implemented as per NCERT. There is no change in this. Yes, keeping in mind the special conditions of the state, some topics have definitely been included separately in it, which all the states do according to their own. Rajasthan has a healthy tradition that we follow NCERT standards in education.
6. The content of NCERT books is colourful, while it is not so in the books of Rajasthan Education Board?
In response to this question, educationist Rajendra Mohan says that NCERT books are comparatively expensive. Therefore, keeping in mind the simplicity and ease of access to children and parents in the state, color pictures are not used on the basis of the goal of reducing the cost. While it is true that not only in geography or science, but also in other subjects, if colorful pictures are made accessible in the textbook, then they can easily accept it.
The state government needs to take appropriate steps in this direction. Anyway, books are being given free of cost to children in government schools. That’s why the government has to do the work of printing books from its own head. Then the inclusion of color images should also be considered.
7. What is the advantage/disadvantage of reducing the syllabus?
It cannot be seen from the point of view of advantages and disadvantages. There should be no psychological pressure of the syllabus on the children. If the syllabus becomes a burden, then the children start getting frustrated and disappointed. It is better to reduce the syllabus systematically. There has never been any loss of reducing the syllabus.
The syllabus is always prepared for a long duration. Therefore, the syllabus that is prescribed should be taught properly. The topics which have been removed, if any problem can be seen in the future of the children. So his remedial classes can be organized.
8. Will the new syllabus books be distributed free of cost?
Rajasthan Text Books Board will distribute free books to more than 92 lakh government school children. Children studying in private schools will have to buy books from the Rajasthan Textbook Board.
9. How to get free books, till when?
State text books will be delivered by the board according to the admission in all the districts. District Education Officer will get it distributed in schools. Free books will be made available to the students in the school itself.
10. Has there been a change in the syllabus from 1st to 5th?
No, there is no change in the syllabus from class 1st to class 5th. But the books have definitely been printed for the new session. However, changes in primary education are possible in the coming times under the new education policy.
How to cut up to 30%?
In Rajasthan, the syllabus is prepared by the text book board on the lines of NCERT. This time NCERT has reduced its syllabus by up to 30%. In such a situation, the Rajasthan Text Book Board is also reducing its books by up to 30%. Which will be distributed soon for reading to the students of classes 6 to 12 in the new academic session.