GUWAHATI, March 26 � The Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (SEBA) today said it has decided to keep in abeyance the implementation of a recent notification which had withdrawn five elective subjects from its curriculum and syllabus.
�� after receiving feedbacks from various sections of the society, the Board, in a joint meeting of the Academic and Examination Committee held on March 24, decided to keep in abeyance the implementation of the� notification till an expert committee decision is placed in the Board meeting for further appropriate decision,� SEBA said in a statement.
It added, �On the issue of the false propaganda about withdrawing Sanskrit from the Board�s curriculum and syllabus, it is hereby clarified that the Board has not withdrawn Sanskrit as an elective subject. Only Group C component of MIL subjects � Assamese, Bengali and Hindi � was withdrawn vide the notification which is essential for keeping parity with other MIL subjects.�
SEBA had on March 7 issued a notification withdrawing five elective subjects from its curriculum and syllabus � Home Science, Cane and Bamboo Technology, Textile Design and Clothing, Dance and Agriculture � from the course of Class IX with effect from 2014 academic session and group C part of MIL � Assamese, Bengali and Hindi � from courses of study of Class IX and X with effect from 2014.
The Board said that among the reasons for withdrawal of the five elective subjects was insufficient teaching staff in public sector schools to teach the subjects and insufficient number of examiners and scrutinizers for impartial evaluation of the candidates.
It also said that these subjects have no parity with other elective subjects in �context to theory and practical marks, which is largely disproportionate and does not permit equal competition among all students.�
SEBA said the response from students to these subjects was poor.
�In spite of continuing these subjects in Board�s curriculum for last several years, the number of candidates to learn the subjects are decreasing,� it said.
It also said that there is ample scope for students to learn these subjects at Higher Secondary stage without pursuing these courses at High School stage.
�With the changes in time the Board has to introduce more employment generating elective subjects like the Information Technology, Retail Management, etc., to which the students are becoming more interested. Hence, the subjects which failed to interest the students have to make room for new subjects,� the Board added.