“We want to create a new framework for the curriculum that will help de-stress students. We want extra-curricular activities to get more importance than they are given at present,’’ said state education minister Balasaheb Thorat at a panel discussion on suicides on Wednesday.
The decision to create a stress-free curriculum was discussed at a cabinet meeting the same day. “We will invite suggestions from the the public on how to create a stress-free curriculum,’’ said Thorat. Narendra Varma, NCP city chief, who organised Wednesday’s panel discussion, went on to add that the government was thinking of making counselling mandatory in all schools.
“We need to create a system that lays as much stress on a child’s emotional quotient as it does on their intelligence quotient. After all, people who feel superb about themselves generate superb results,’’ said Malti Renjen, principal, New Era School.
“The state government can start by doing away with all unit tests. One final and one terminal exam should be sufficient,’’ said Ruparel College principal Pradeep Kulkarni.
Courtsey: Times of India
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