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To ensure graduation, consider making maths optional for Class X: Bombay HC

This will ensure children graduate, since arts, vocational courses don't require knowledge of maths

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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The on Monday asked boards to consider making mathematics an optional subject for tenth standard students to help them pursue arts or other vocational courses requiring no knowledge of

A bench of justices and A M Badar made the suggestion while hearing a filed by a leading psychiatrist, Harish Shetty, raising the issue of students suffering from learning disabilities at school levels and the steps taken by boards to assist such students.

The noted that a high percentage of students drop out of schools after the tenth standard as they are not able to clear and language papers.

"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.

"The 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 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 said.

The bench has asked the boards to take advise from experts on whether its suggestions can be acted upon. The bench adjourned the hearing to July 26.

First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 18:49 IST