Published: 23rd June 2018
Plus One students in both government and private schools in Tamil Nadu yet to receive textbooks
The Plus One syllabus is very heavy and would be difficult to complete in time as per the present timetable, with periodic tests
Plus One students in both government and private schools are facing difficulties as they are yet to get textbooks of several subjects though schools reopened on June 1 in the state.
Books for classes one, six, and nine, for which syllabuses were changed this year, have been issued, but Plus One books as per the new syllabus are not available. Tamil and English books are available, but even these have not been distributed in many government schools.
Meanwhile, private schools are asking students to get Xerox copies of four to five lessons. These students spent nearly Rs 500 on such copies after downloading them from the internet. Teachers of government schools also take Xerox copies to conduct classes, but they are not asking their students to take copies.
Books published by the government are normally available in shops, but this year, private schools have to send their indents with cheques to get them. If one or two students join the school after it is placed, they will have problems in getting textbooks, say teachers.
Earlier, the Hindi Prachara Sabha would prepare the syllabus and give textbooks to students studying Hindi. But this year, as the Education Department itself prepared the syllabus, they also have not got textbooks.
The Plus One syllabus is very heavy and would be difficult to complete in time as per the present timetable, with periodic tests. Also, 40 per cent of questions in Plus One and Plus Two exams could be related to NEET. In the name of NEET, students of classes one, six, nine and Plus One are being overburdened.
There is no ‘blueprint’ of important portions, which students can focus on and get pass marks. Questions would be asked from the entire syllabus and even to get pass marks, students would need to study the entire text thoroughly. That 20 per cent of questions can be from outside makes things more difficult. The answers are to be found through the internet by following the QR codes given with lessons.
This will make it difficult for average students in government schools to get good marks or even pass unless lessons under the new syllabus are taught in-depth. Though the number of teaching days has been raised from 210 to 225, this would be difficult. In addition, teachers of government schools have to attend orientation and students’ health programmes, prepare records, etc, they say.