The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board will soon release the simplified textbooks for the class 10 students who find mathematics difficult and wish to pursue the science stream for class 12. The state government will be introducing two separate textbooks for mathematics for the class 10 students.
With the introduction of the two separate textbooks, the board will be re-introducing the same formula practiced by the board three decades ago when the students who do not intend to opt for the science stream had only elementary maths in their syllabus.
The CBSE also follows the same formula offering mathematics books for separate sets of students. The poor performance of the students in mathematics is the reason for the board to return to the old system.
According to the board, many of the students fail the subject resulting in a higher dropout rate. This year close out of the 7.92 lakh regular students close to 4.81 lakh managed to pass the board exams with a pass percentage of 60.76 percent.
The education committee of the board has discussed the issue and passed a resolution to introduce two sets of books for maths. The higher level will be for those willing to pursue science in the Higher Secondary Level while the lower level will be for those who want to opt for General Streams. The proposal has been sent to the state government for approval.
Gujarat Education Secretary Vinod Rao while speaking to the media stated that the proposal has been received and the government will be thinking over the same. The poor performance of the students in maths leading to an increase in the drop-out rate which is problematic, he further stated.
The resolution for introducing two separate textbooks in maths was passed after consulting with experts, educationists, principles, and representatives of parents associations. The Officer on Special Duty in the Board M.M Pathan said that the proposal is to re-introduce the old system which is also in line with the pattern followed by the CBSE.
Teachers are of the opinion that students in Gujarat have a very poor foundation in Mathematics followed by the fact that a no-detention policy has been adopted by the board. Students, in this case, will reach class 10 without facing any hurdles and when they come face to face with the real test on the board exams, the students find it extremely difficult.
In 2015 only 55.05 percent of students passed in mathematics which increased to 69.65 in 2019 but again decreased this year to 60.76 percent.REGISTER FOR RESULTS UPDATES