Due to this coronavirus pandemic, all educational institutions have been temporarily closed since March. Students are availing online classes rather than classroom sessions. The present situation is not apt to reopen educational institutions. Due to this CBSE has decided to reduce some syllabus for classes 9 to 12 for the academic session 2020-21. This is a big relief for the students.
Earlier it was said that the administration would cut off the syllabus by a third. They have asked the NCERT to make a list of those chapters that are repeated or can be learned under other chapters as well. As per the report, all the suggestions are made based on learning outcomes.
It is also stated that the board would be free to decide the topics in the CBSE syllabus till class 8th. In the notification regarding the 30% cut off of the syllabus it is stated that, teachers should ensure that students understand these topics so that they can use the information in connection with other topics. This dropped academic portion will neither be part of the internal assessments nor the board examinations.
The HRD Minister have urged teachers and educationist to share their opinions on reducing the syllabus on his Facebook or Twitter handle. This matter is taken into serious consideration after some of the parents urged the union government to cut off some syllabus. The HRD minister thanked everyone who shared their views regarding this matter. More than 1.5k suggestions were visible on this social media handles. The syllabus has been rationalized with the help of suggestions from NCERT.
Before CBSE ‘s decision the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has already decided to cut off some syllabus for students of class 9 to 12 who are going to appear for ICSE and ISC examination for the next academic year. CISCE has reduced 25% of the syllabus for classes 9 to 12.
A reduced syllabus brings in much relief to students and teachers who have been working hard with online classes and uncertainties due to this nationwide lockdown since March 25.
Recently, the CBSE also cancelled the pending Class 10 and 12 board examinations. The reduction in the syllabus is likely to be a forward step taken by the HRD Ministry to cope up with the lost time due to coronavirus pandemic. The HRD minister held a meeting to discuss a synchronized calendar for DU admissions and CBSE board exams.
Alterations made in the syllabus have been finalized by the respective course committees with the approval of the curriculum committee and the Governing Body of the Board. The heads of schools and teachers have been advised by the board to ensure that the eliminated topics are also explained to the students.
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