Mumbai: Improve what you already have and then build the extra,” opine teachers on the recent decision of the state to introduce international board curriculum in schools. Some teachers have opposed this decision and have informed the education ministry to refine the current state of government-aided schools, instead of focussing on starting new ones.

The current state of government-aided schools is shoddy,” averred teachers and principals alike. Various school principals have revealed that for several months, the government has stopped providing adequate funds, leading to a financial crisis. Maintenance charges, bills, basic supply lines and even salary payments have not been facilitated by the state.

More importantly, the syllabus and curriculum has not been revised for years, according to teachers. It is the same old pattern of teaching and rote learning, teachers lament. Sukhmani Pandey, a teacher said, “The lessons, poems and chapters have been based on the same pattern for years. There is no addition of new technologies, experimental learning, personality skills, life lessons or practical concepts.”

Creative and interactive teaching-learning concepts are absent, as state-board curriculum is based on book learning and classroom lessons. Jasmeet Barbara, a teacher said, “For want of a practical approach, we have to stick to textbooks for lessons, there is no way to explain concepts to students through life models. This makes learning boring for students, as their attention span is minimum and there is no creative input at all.”

Outdoor education, practical focus and interactive lessons will improve the standards of state board curriculum. Shabnam Quesreshi, a senior teacher said, “If we add few elements like interactive and fun learning, outside classroom teaching and practical application of theories, then we can match the style of international curriculum. We should formulate and teach the syllabus according to the primary needs of students so that we make it fun for them and increase their interest in state board schools.”