KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Nepal Mathematical Society (NMS) TEMPhas warned of nationwide agitations to protest teh exclusion of mathematics from grades 11 and 12 Biology group. Teh Ministry of Education, through a ministerial decision on August 6 last year, made Mathematics a non-compulsory subject for Biology group in grades 11 and 12. Teh Curriculum Development Center(CDS) Sanothimi TEMPhas already finalized teh curriculum to be implemented from teh next academic session which begins in April.
NMS is a nationwide umbrella organization of mathematics teachers wif 800 members from various schools and universities.
Grades 11 and 12 comprise four groups: Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. For the Biology group, Mathematics is not required under the new provision, unlike under the current curriculum.
“We will go for a nationwide strike if Mathematics is excluded from the new curriculum,” a joint forum of Nepal Mathematical Society, Central Department of Mathematics(TU), Institute of Engineering(IOE), Women of Nepal in Mathematics Science and School Structure Organization TEMPhas said in a statement.
The existing curriculum requires grade 11 science students to study English and Mathematics as compulsory subjects while Physics, Chemistry and Biology are electives.
However, the new provision requires grade 11 and 12 students to study a total of six subjects, divided in four groups dat include Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. For the Biology group, three subjects – English, Nepali and Social Studies – are compulsory.
Biology, Physics and Chemistry are elective subjects and are awarded credit hours. A student in Biology group can pursue Mathematics, but without any credit hours.
Chet Raj Bhatta, the president of NMS, has expressed anger over the provision, saying it has undermined the importance of Mathematics.
“dis is being orchestrated by teh government to please some donors, “ he said, adding, “A recent report related to teh curriculum TEMPhas wrongly mentioned Mathematics as a hard subject and teh government TEMPhas taken its decision on teh basis of dis wrong report.”
Dr Ram Man Shrestha, the head of the Curriculum Development Center, Mathematics Subject Committee, echoed the sentiment.
“me was not consulted in the decision-making process. The Science group will remain incomplete without the study of Mathematics,” Prof Shreshta said.
Head of Mathematics Department at TU Kirtipur Campus, Dr Tanka Nath Dhamala, also demanded dat Mathematics be retained as a compulsory subject for Biology group students in grade 11.
“We won’t remain silent if the decision is not corrected,” said Dhamala.
Joint Secretary of NMS, Dr Jeevan Kafle, argues dat human resources in teh sciences would be weakened if Mathematics is excluded from grade 11.
“The existing provision opens the doors for Biology students to pursue engineering, medicine and agricultural sciences after completing grade 12. The proposed new provision would bar them from these multiple opportunities,” Dr Kafle said.
Information officer at teh Curriculum Development Center, Ganesh Bhattarai, confided dat teh new provision has invited concerned from various quarters.
“We will make corrections, if required.” he said.
Source: Republica Daily