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Schools & boards welcome core curriculum.

SCHOOLS in the Capital have welcomed the Council of Boards of School Education ( COBSE) move of having a common curriculum across the country in science and mathematics. To bring uniformity in the education system, the COBSE, the apex body for all school boards and councils in the country, has decided to implement the core curriculum from 2011.

" At the outset, it appears that the decision to follow a core curriculum in science and mathematics will work in the larger interest of the students. But given the sheer diversity and unequal distribution of academic excellence in the country, the modalities for a common entrance test for admission in higher courses will have to be looked into," said D. K. Saini, principal of Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram.

According to Union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal, the COBSE had approved of the decision to introduce a core curriculum in science and mathematics at the senior secondary levels.

Applauding this decision, Lata Vaidyanathan, principal of Modern School, Barakhamba, said: " Three cheers to Kapil Sibal for having taken such a historic decision. Such reforms in the higher education system were due for long." Ashutosh Batta, principal of Bloom Public School, Vasant Kunj, said: " A common curriculum in science and mathematics at the senior secondary level will provide a common yardstick to measure the eligibility of students who want to pursue further education. A common syllabus will help bring the competence level of students to a uniform level. I more than welcome this move." Educationists feel this is a major reform that and was long due.

D. K. Bedi, principal, Apeejay School, Pitampura, said: " The higher education system of the country will get a complete face- lift. I appreciate Kapil Sibal's undeterred determination in achieving a common curriculum in science and maths in all schools in the country." State school board chiefs also appeared to be upbeat over the decision. " This is a good step to have a common curriculum. We have no problem on implementing it," Bihar School Examination Board chairman AKP Yadav said.

" However, there may be certain difficulties in holding a common entrance test," he added.

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