Maharashtra Schools stick to old syllabus in light of missing textbooks

The schools in Maharashtra are about to begin their Unit Tests, but till date the textbooks for new subjects and question paper pattern are unavailable. This is the case even when Maharashtra state board has changed the Class 9 syllabus from this academic year. This is somewhere the sole cause why many Mumbai schools are sticking to the old one for the first term.

After two months, since the academic session began, the schools complained that textbooks for the new subject, Self-Development and Art Appreciation, are not available in the market. No action was taken despite the frequent complaints. The graded subject was introduced this year for class 9, replacing work experience, personality development, and social studies. Along with the textbooks, the contents of the syllabus and question paper pattern of other subjects are pending too.

Without this, it becomes tough on the part of the teachers to teach the new syllabus. The schools when left with no other option, they remained struck to the old syllabus for the first term. The first unit tests have already began in schools. Moreover, it is impossible to teach the new syllabus as the board has not yet trained the teachers for the new subject. Nor new teachers specializing in these subjects have been recruited and sent to schools. Schools have not received any clear instructions on the implementation of the same.

The only thing that the teachers and schools are aware of is the new marking pattern, that too from social media groups. Now the question that pops up is how can the teachers rely on the information available on social media platforms. The board has not sent any hard copies of any circulars in this regard.

On July 12, the board had issued a circular changing the assessment pattern for languages – scrapping the 20 mark internal exams. In place of the internal assessment, the students will have to write full 100 marks papers fro now. Following that another circular on June 27 stated that schools will have to hold practical exams for Mathematics.

When asked, board authorities blamed the state textbook publishing bureau, Balbharti for the delay. Gangadhar Mhamane, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education said, textbooks for Class 9 were to be printed by Balbharti and we are not responsible for it. However, the board has asked schools to access its website for information on marking scheme. The circulars for the same have been uploaded on the official website and schools can download it from there.

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