NEW DELHI: The syllabus of a new English-language course in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, has drawn fire from students who have complained about the lack of a syllabus for students with disabilities.
The syllabus includes the phrase “one word, one day” in the fourth-year syllabus section of the course and a phrase that reads, “You may say whatever you like, but we will never ask you to do anything you don’t want to do.”
The syllabi was first introduced in August 2017, according to a news report by the Indian Express.
In response to a question from students, the government on Monday asked students to submit a list of suggestions for the syllabus in the wake of the outcry.
The government’s response comes after complaints by students about the syllabi, which was launched in July 2016, to include a word for “two words, two days” and an option for students to write an answer on a blank page.
The state government has since been asked to revise the syllabics and said the syllabs would be issued “in a timely manner”.
The syllabi also contains the phrase, “If you say, ‘You may do anything’ , you may say that in a classroom,” the newspaper reported.
According to the paper, students have complained that they have no idea what the word means.
“We have no knowledge of what the term means, so we can’t understand what it is supposed to mean.
We cannot understand why the word is there, and why it is not there,” a student named Manish told the newspaper.”
We know it is meant to be a one word, two day, but why is it not there?”
A senior official from the Andhra State Board of Education, which runs the course, said he would take the matter up with the state education minister.
The syllabaries of the courses, taught by teachers at the school and state government, have been available for students in the country for at least 10 years, but students from other states, including India, have not been given the option of taking the course in their own state.
The Andhra government had said it would not be accepting the syllabis of any other state, but not in India.