A leading psychiatrist Harish Shetty has filed a petition in the High Court stating that Mathematics should be an optional subject for those who are going to pursue Arts or vocational courses in future. There are statistics which show a rise in the dropout number due to maths and language papers. A bench of justices V M Kanade and A K Menon made their observation on the basis of a petition filed by a leading psychiatrist, Harish Shetty.

The petition raised the issue of students suffering from learning disabilities at school levels and also mentioned about steps taken by the education boards to help such students. There is a high percentage of students drop out after the Class 10, as they cannot clear Maths and language papers.

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To which the judge Kanade has stated, “Subjects like Mathematics are not required in degree courses like arts and other vocational courses. If an option is given to the students not to study Maths, it will help them complete graduation,” on the court.

“The Maharashtra state board till many years had a successful system where students were permitted to apply for degree courses even if they had passed at least seven or eight subjects with or without Maths. We do not know why they (state board) decided to do away with it… Maybe they can consider reverting to the old system,” Justice Kanade said.

Further, the bench has directed the education boards to consult with experts on whether this suggestion can be acted upon. The next hearing will be on July 26, 2017.