The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday made an important announcement to reduce its syllabus for class 9 to 12 for academic session 2020-2021 by up to 30 percent to make up for academic loss due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal informed ANI in this regard. Pokhriyal further stressed the importance of learning stating that the decision has been made to reduce the syllabus keeping the basic concept intact. This decision has been taken based on suggestions from various school management, parents, state, academics, and teachers. The course has been prepared by a committee of experts from NCERT and the CBSE Board. The Committee has taken this decision to keep away from repetitive topics and subject matter that has been covered in other chapters.
This decision has been made keeping in mind the loss of time as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak followed by several lockdowns.
“Considering the importance of achieving the level of learning, the syllabus has been rationalized to the extent possible by retaining the core concepts,” CBSE said in a statement.
CBSE also said that the heads of schools and teachers may ensure that the topics that have been cut are also explained to the extent required in order to connect different topics.
However, the reduced topics will not be included in the syllabus for Internal Assessments and Board Examinations, CBSE added.
HRD minister also said that he had received around 1,500 suggestions from educationists all across India on the reduction of the 2020-21 session syllabus, using the hashtag #SyllabusForStudents2020.
Earlier, a similar proposal was given by Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in the month of April to reduce the current syllabus by 30 percent for the next academic year (2020-21). He also suggested conducting the all-India entrance examinations such as JEE, NEET for the next academic year based on the reduced syllabus only.