Revamping school curriculum: Exams, academics to make way for modern teaching techniques

PK Manikandan

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Thiruvananthapuram: Schools in the state will get a new lease of life by revamping the school curriculum. A draft report prepared by State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) pointed out that examinations in the course of an academic year could restrict students from utilising time in learning the curriculum.

An education expert who took part in the discussions told Mathrubhumi that the current method of written examination is causing mental stress in children and parents. Teaching methods will be revamped base on the strengths and weaknesses of children. For this, 'student profiles' will be prepared, the expert added.

The National Education Policy also points out that the examination pattern followed in the secondary levels has a detrimental effect on children's learning.

It is viewed that the strengths and weaknesses of the children be recorded accurately in the student profile, such as their social background, special abilities and areas that need improvement.

Instead of grasping the fact described in the textbook or other books, the student should use a method of learning that makes a logical assessment and comes to his own conclusion. For this purpose, it is suggested that Kerala may adopt methods used in Scandinavian countries, including Finland.

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