In a major relief to students who doesn’t like mathematics at all, the Bombay high court suggested that all education boards should consider making the subject an optional for school certificate examinations on Monday.
A bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice AM Badar observed that students who chose to pursue Arts or other vocational courses for their undergraduate degrees do not essentially require knowledge of mathematics.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by psychiatrist Harish Shetty. The plea was on the need for education boards to help school students suffering from learning disabilities.
The bench observed on Monday that several students fails or leave schools after Class 10 as they are unable to clear maths and language papers.
Noting that earlier in the 1960s, the state Secondary School Certificate (SSC) board had a successful system. The students were allowed to apply for degree courses though they had passed seven or eight subjects with or without maths.
“The SSC board would give students the option of choosing Sanskrit as an alternative option to general maths, to help students clear their exams. We do not know why the board decided to do away with it. They should take instructions on whether it is possible to revert to the old system,” Kanade said.
“Subjects like Mathematics are not required in degree courses like Arts and other vocational courses. If an option is given to students to not study Maths then it will help them complete graduation,” he added.