Before deciding on the syllabus, there should be a review by the committee and also understand the abilities and the stamina of a student of that class. Instead of that including more and more topics is nothing bur straining the student. Ultimately the students will get panic as the syllabus is very tuff and heavy.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
I do not think the policymakers have any thoughts from the child's viewpoint. Can the young mind take this load of all the subjects, more importantly, does he/she need it? Every few weeks we read in papers of children need counselling to cope with the stress of studies and sadly children who end their lives, unable to cope with stress.
Are school packing syllabus and activities in a manner that they look better in the competition? Is the syllabus designed to justify the high fees and donations? Are parents equally responsible for wanting more and more? Most of us would agree it would be a combination of the above.
I'm sure that many parents would need to look up the internet or brush their own knowledge before they start helping their children complete their homework. This is the Irony of our elite English reputed schools that we middle class working for families ( including myself) put our children after paying a good chunk of money and only to realise later that we need to send our children to tuition and masters (like the authors).
Private schools are getting advantage of the helplessness of the parents. First they have a exorbitant fee structure. Secondly, they will provide the books and other learning material for which they get good commissions from the publishers. The books, uniform and bags are to be purchased from the schools.
The govt. education officers and the promoters of these schools are some time hand in gloves in squeezing parents. They appoint untrained teachers and other staff which otherwise become a security threat to the students. I saw some private schools only minting money without any appreciable results.
The state govt. and central govt. have no education policies. I saw some of the state govts. are using state run schools as the places of political propaganda. The curriculum is decided by the politicians. I saw most of the politicians are running many private education institutions.
This exploitation in the name of education will continue till the govt. increases the education budget and the govt. schools and colleges are given full attention.
'Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance'- Will Durant.