Such a move will provide students across boards a level playing field while competing for national level exams
New Delhi : A uniform syllabus in mathematics and science subjects will be implemented across all 30 senior secondary boards across the country in classes XI and XII from the coming 2017-18 academic session.
A Human Resources Development Ministry official said a uniform syllabus will provide students across boards a level playing field while competing at the national level exams like the Joint Entrance Examination – Main and Advanced for engineering and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for medical courses. The ministry has plans to go for a common commerce syllabus also, he said. The proposed syllabus was drawn up by a panel constituted by the ministry. Its chairman A. Ashok, the secretary of the Board of Intermediate Education of Telangana, has suggested that the state boards be given 30% flexibility while designing the curriculum for these subjects.
Explaining the difference between syllabus and curriculum, the official said the syllabus refers to chapters and units to be taught in a particular subject in a class whereas the curriculum covers the entire gamut of teaching-learning activities in the subject, including assignments, projects, tutorials, presentations and tests.
He said in science and mathematics, there is not much scope for local content, but if a state board so wishes, it can have a few additional chapters over and above the uniform syllabus.
A total of 30 state school boards conduct exams for senior secondary classes. Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia conduct Class XII board exams for their constituent schools.
At present, there is a lot of variation in the syllabus followed by each board. Although the National Council for Educational Research and Training draws up a model syllabus for all classes, it is not binding on boards. About 15 boards follow the NCERT syllabus.
In 2010, the HRD ministry had initiated a move for a uniform syllabus in science and commerce subjects. But it did not get anywhere because of lack of coordination.