Before the reopening of the schools in Tamil Nadu for the class 10 and 12 students, the Tamil Nadu State Council of Educational Research and Training (TNSCERT) has made 40 percent of the syllabus optional for the students appearing for the board examinations in 2021. The details of the syllabus have been forwarded for the 60 percent important content for the class 10 and 1 exams to all the schools in order to help the teachers to teach the same in Classes.
The question papers for the board examination will be based completely on the 60 percent prioritized content. However, the students appearing for the NEET and JEE Main Examinations are required to cover the complete syllabus of the class 12 streams.
Changes in the syllabus for class 12
Most of the chapters for the class 12 students have been retained by the board while some of the difficult topics, practical experiments in Chemistry, and a few exercises in Mathematical have been removed. In the case of Biology, the teachers have stated that 12 chapters have been retard, and a few of the topics which may be important for competitive exams have been removed. According to a biology teacher, topics on nucleic acid which students learn in Class 11 have been removed while the topics on replication of DNA which are important for NEET have been reduced.
For Chemistry the 15th chapter - Chemistry in everyday life has been removed along with practical experiments which have been reduced. 35 percent of the syllabus has been made optional for the students. For Mathematics 40 percent of the syllabus has been removed from the priority list with topics on integral callus which will help the students in engineering and entrance examinations have been omitted as these topics can not be learned on their own.
For Physics subject all the important topics have been retained while some repeated concepts have been made optional. Head of Department of Theoretical Physics, Madras University and Domain expert in Physics has stated that considering the case of an average student a few more lessons in Physics could have been dropped by the TNSCERT. She further stated that the students may not have enough time to prepare for the exams and in order to teach the topics, practical experiments, and revisions for the exams schools will need at last six months.
With respect to the language subjects, the teachers have stated that both Tamil and English have a 40 percent optional syllabus.
Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School Senior principal N Vijayan stated that the schools can finish the prioritized content and prepare the students for model exams only if they have a minimum of five months' time. He further added that the reduction in the syllabus will have a negative impact on the children preparing for the competitive exams since they will focus only on the 60 percent syllabus
Class 10 Syllabus changes
The portions for class 10 students where students either learn in Higher Classes or have learned in the lower classes have been removed including the topics like Matrix and Trigonometry from Maths which have been made optional. One of the subject experts involved in the reduction of the syllabus stated that some topics which are not important have been made optional for the class 10 students.