Maths likely to be made optional subject for Class 10 students

The bench has asked the education boards to take advice from experts on whether its suggestions can be acted upon.

A bench of Justices V M Kanade and A M Badar, noted that a high percentage of students drop out of schools after the tenth standard as they are not able to clear Maths and language papers.

A bench of Justices V M Kanade and A M Badar, noted that a high percentage of students drop out of schools after the tenth standard as they are not able to clear Maths and language papers.

The bench came up with this suggestion after hearing a petition filed by a leading psychiatrist, Harish Shetty.

Reasons behind this step:

Harish Shetty in the plea was raising the issue of students suffering from learning disabilities at school levels and the steps taken by education boards to assist such students.

A bench of Justices V M Kanade and A M Badar, noted that a high percentage of students drop out of schools after the tenth standard as they are not able to clear Maths and language papers.

Here’s what Justice Kanade said:

“Subjects like Mathematics are not required in degree courses like arts and other vocational courses. If an option is given to the students not to study Maths, it will help them complete graduation,” Justice Kanade said in recent PTI report. “The Maharashtra state board till many years had a successful system where students were permitted to apply for degree courses even if they had passed at least seven or eight subjects with or without Mathematics.  We do not know why they (state board) decided to do away with it. May be they can consider reverting to the old system,” Justice Kanade added.

Furthermore, the bench has asked the education boards to take advice from experts on whether its suggestions can be acted upon.

[Source”timesofindia”]