Weekly Current Affairs

Centre plans unified science syllabi [Education]

  • Union govt has set ball rolling on bringing about a convergence in core syllabi of science subjects and question paper designs across State and central boards.
  • The move acquires importance because of a perceived lack of parity in the syllabi of Physics, Chemistry and Maths across boards.
  • Board examination marks now get weight in the IIT-JEE, though this will go from the next year. Many feel that the lack of parity may deny a level-playing field to students from across the country in any admission that counts Class XII marks.
  • In the CBSE Class XII results, just 0.9 per cent of the students could cross 95 per cent marks, which is “a very small number”.
  • There have been reports claiming that the CBSE is already inflating marks of students so that they may compete with students from State boards.
  • The “moderation” process was never undertaken for students scoring 95 per cent and above.T he exercise is complex as State boards have to be brought on board for it.