In correspondence to the education system followed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board have decided to offer Mathematics as an option to the students from the Non-Science stream for the senior secondary classes from this year onwards.

The Gujarat State Board after a lot of consideration accepted the recommendations of the executive committee which was approved by the state government. The demand to offer mathematics as a subject to the non-science stream students came from parents and students equally.

Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary (Higher and Technical Education) Gujarat said mathematics not restricted to only the science stream students in other board which includes the CBSE because of which the board has decided to follow the same and allow the students who are willing to take the subject in Class 11 and 12.

The demand also came from the Commerce stream students who take subjects like accountancy. The syllabus for the general stream which includes commerce and humanities is different from the science stream. The state education department has already implemented the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) curriculum across the classes.

The Chairman of the Board A.J Shah said that on the recommendation of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, the board framework for the curriculum was prepared which later on was detailed by the curriculum committee of the Gujarat State School Textbook Board.

Presently, the students who have opted for the medical stream are also allowed to study mathematics in class 11 and 12 in spite of the number of such students being very limited. Less than 50 students have opted for it in the last five years, from a total of 1.25 to 1.50 lakh students who appear for the science examination. Close to 50,000 medical stream students who cleared the class 12 examination in March were offered an opportunity by the board to compete with the non-medical stream students. A preparation time of two months was provided and from a total of 49,269 medical stream students who qualified the examination 290 registered for it. Apart from this, more than 100 did not appear for the examination and only 187 took the exam which sums up to just 0.37 percent of the total figure.

A response to the decision which was taken considering the number of students making it through the National and State Medical entrance examinations and thousands of seats going vacant in the engineering institutes each year is awaited.

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