The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that it has decided to reduce its syllabus for class 9 to 12 for academic session 2020-2021 by up to 30% in order to make up for academic loss amid novel coronavirus pandemic.
‘Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class 9th to 12th,’ said Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development.
The reduction in the syllabus will be in terms of retaining the core concepts, the HRD minister added.
‘Considering the importance of achieving the level of learning, the syllabus has been rationalised to the extent possible by retaining the core concepts,’ CBSE said in a statement.
The board also mentioned that the heads of schools and teachers may ensure that the topics that have been reduced are also explained to the students to the extent required to connect different topics.
‘However the reduced syllabus will not be part of the topics for Internal Assessment and year-end Board Examination,’ the statement read. Alternative Academic Calendar and inputs from the NCERT on transacting the curriculum using different strategies may also be part of the teaching pedagogy. Pokhriyal also added that he had received more than 1,500 suggestions from educationists across the country on the reduction of the syllabus under the hashtag #SyllabusForStudents2020.
A similar proposal was drawn by Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia n April where he urged the HRD Minister to reduce the current curriculum by 30 per cent for the next academic year owing to the hardships in completing syllabus amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.