After a long time, the Tamil Nadu State Board has revised the complete syllabus for state board classes 1 to 12. The syllabus for classes 1 to 7 had undergone a revamp some 7 years ago, while the higher secondary syllabus have been waiting for a long overdue overhaul for about 12 years or so.
This long overdue revamped syllabus is expected to help the students to pass in the competitive exams. Meanwhile, the officials from the SCERT(State Council of Educational Research and Training) is in charge of overhauling the syllabus.
The main focus of the syllabus was on the concepts to promote understanding rather than the earlier method of rote learning. The syllabus is also aimed to encourage critical thinking.
According to the teachers the new syllabus come with better examples and nuances. For example, in Biology, the chapter on genetics have been updated with content on inheritance, genetic disorders, chromosomal anomalies and so on.
Another new addition is the QR code provided in every textbook for all classes, according to Usha Rani, the Director of SCERT. She adds that Tamil Nadu is the first to do so in the country, “Students can access additional content by using the QR code in the textbook.” These QR codes aim to develop conceptual learning by leading students and teachers to audio visuals.
The state government is also working to make the education system more complete and organised, by doing away with the exam blueprint system. The govt also banned public announcement of classes 10th and 12th Rankings, while at the same time it enforced board exams for class 11. Meanwhile, the TN Board syllabus is expected to undergo even more changes in the future.