The Bombay High Court on Monday asked all the education boards
to consider the idea of making Math and optional subject in Class X so that
students can pursue the subject of their own choice which do not require the
knowledge of math. The court also mentioned that number of dropouts after class
X can be reduced if Math can be made an optional subject.
The High Court came with such an idea after a division bench
of Justice V M Kanade and Justice A K Menon heard the petition filed by the
psychiatrist Harish Shetty which pointed on the issue of the students who are
coping with the learning disabilities in schools and learning aids being
provided to them by schools and other educational groups.
“Majority of students drop out after Class 10 as they are
unable to clear mathematics and language papers. Till about a few years ago,
Sanskrit was an option to mathematics in state board and students were allowed
to apply for degree courses even if they had passed other subjects without considering
mathematics. We could consider reverting to this system,”said Justice Kanade.
According to the data from state education department, in
secondary schools, the overall dropout rate rose from 11 percent to 12.44
percent during the academic year 2015-16. In Maharashtra only 2 out of 10
children are able to do division; this was found out by the non-governmental
organization Pratham in its Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). The ASER
further found out that 12.9 percent Class V students know numbers till 9 but
Seeing the situation the bench has asked the board
to take the suggestions from experts and respond by July 26.