‘Unimportant’ Geology to be dropped from HS curriculum

The Statesman

KOLKATA, 28 MAY: From this year students will not be able to study Geology in the Higher Secondary level as the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) does not consider it important enough for Higher Secondary.

On the other hand, the new syllabus scheduled to be introduced this session starting in June, would accommodate new elective subjects like Journalism and Mass Communication in the Humanities stream and Environment Studies in all three streams ~ Arts, Science and Humanities.

Commerce students will be able to opt for a whole new set of subjects like Business Studies, Commercial Law and Preliminaries of Auditing, Costing and Taxation in addition to the already existing Accountancy, Mathematics and Economics.

Environmental studies will be offered on an alternate basis with Computer Science. Till this year Commerce candidates had Business Organisation and Management and Business Economics, including Business Mathematics, which will be dropped from this year.

“A student does not need to have Geology in Higher Secondary to pursue it in graduation. Any student having Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry can apply for Geology Honours. Hence, we have decided to drop it,” said an official of the council.

Since few schools across the state offered this subject in HS, many welcomed the decision of dropping it. But teachers who teach Geology in graduation and post-graduation, do not consider the subject as unimportant at HS level.

“It is true that the schools find it difficult to continue with the subject as West Bengal School Service Commission does not appoint teachers for this subject. Geology is overshadowed by Geography and only a handful of schools offer this in HS. Even the Madhyamgram school which used to offer it dropped the subject recently,” said Professor Prabir Dasgupta, registrar of Presidency University who is also a faculty of Geology. “Geography deals with the theory part and Geology is the analytical part. The HS knowledge in Geology might not be essential but helpful. Other boards offer the subject at HS level,” added Prof. Dasgupta.

Subjects having similar fate like Geology include Malayalam, Marathi, Assamese, Modern Tibetan, Pali and French.

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