The reforms, including a “uniform system of school education (USSE)” under a common board for all schools, will come into force in June 2010. The reforms envisage a “common syllabus, textbooks and examination system” for all government schools, state-aided schools and private schools including matriculation Schools, Anglo-Indian and oriental schools in the State.
Such schools in the state are now under the control of four different boards with separate syllabi, textbooks and schemes of examination, which denies a “level-playing field” for students.
Hence, with a view to “ensuring social justice and quality education” to all, Tamil Nadu minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu on Saturday piloted a key bill in the State Assembly to enact the “Uniform System of School Education Act, 2010.”
Based on the recommendations of the Muthukumaran Committee, which examined all issues in this regard, and the voluminous reports it gave to the government, the ruling DMK appointed another committee of educationists headed by retired IAS officer M P Vijayakumar.