PSEB changed syllabus, question paper format for Class XII science streams

Chandigarh, Dec 20: The Punjab School Education Board has changed syllabus and question paper format for Class XII science streams.

The decision has come as a shock for students and teachers alike, who fear the score in physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology was “sure to fall”. Maintaining that the changes should have been adopted at the start of academic session in April, teachers said they had covered almost the entire syllabus. “Some chapters have been removed while questions that used to be of 10 marks will now be of six marks. Objective-type questions have been increased in all subjects. The PSEB following the CBSE pattern is good, but the timing is not apt,” said a teacher.

A chemistry teacher said chapters like solid state and group 15 of p-block elements had been excluded while surface chemistry comprehension passage had been introduced.

A mathematics teacher said a 10 marks practical had been introduced. “The winter break is about to begin and students will have to appear in special tests in January. In February, they have to take pre-Boards and then the final exams in March. So, where is the time to adapt to the changes?” he said.

A physics teacher rued two chapters had been removed, which would have benefited students in competitive tests like NEET and JEE (mains).

Confirming the changes had been effected, Mohammad Tayyab, PSEB Secretary-cum-Director General of School Education, said the “Director (Academics) would be the right person to comment”.

“The changes had to be made as we follow the CBSE pattern in totality. The CBSE itself made the changes in recent past. Moreover, detailed discussions were held with a panel comprising teachers before giving the final go-ahead” Manjit Kaur, PSEB Director (Academics).

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