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GK as a separate subject would strengthen students’ base for competitive exams

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Maharashtra government has taken a decision to continue teaching General Knowledge (GK) as a subject in the military schools for the students of classes XI and XII. This was decided as it would help students to complete in the entrance and job exams after class XII.

Speaking to Education Times, Seema Bahukhandi, principal, Euro School, Pune, says, “As per the previous subject scheme, GK was being taught as a graded subject which meant that each school taught this in a different pattern.

In the absence of a set pattern, few schools were conducting a subjective paper while some were conducting an MCQ pattern exam. Allotment of marks depended upon the school report card pattern which meant that either the subject was kept as a graded subject, or the marks were added to the final assessment.

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“In most of the schools, GK has been taught as a graded subject till now and the schools have been demanding that GK should be taught as a main subject. As of now, it is the discretion of schools as to how much importance they would it want to give to a subject and continue teaching it till which class.”

For instance, some schools had GK till primary level and others taught it till IX class. However, due to New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 a demand was felt to introduce GK a separate subject so that children take it more seriously.”

“Private schools have no clarification on whether GK would be a compulsory or an elective subject. Every competitive exam has a separate GK section consisting of almost all spheres of knowledge including current affairs. Once a student selects a particular stream after class X, more focus is given on that stream. To bring an interdisciplinary approach, the students need to take an overview of all the subjects. This decision by the government would prepare students for the competitive exams.”

A proper curriculum needs to be designed in the forms of quizzes and discussion and experts should take the classes.

Kashinath D Bhoir, principal, Maharashtra Military school, Thane says, “General Knowledge should be taught as part of the syllabus in the senior secondary classes. All the subjects add to the GK quotient, and the emphasis should be on teaching them about the current affairs. This will help in cracking any competitive exam after class XII. Students should appear for both MCQ and descriptive type exam pattern to assess their knowledge level.”



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