The Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus for classes 9 to 12 has been reduced by 30% this year due to the extraordinary crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic that led to lockdown through out the country and classes are not running in school buildings. Students and their studies have suffered and still no clear future in the view.
However, core concepts will be retained, according to Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
“Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concepts,” he added.
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.
CBSE had invited suggestions from all educationists on the reduction of syllabus for the students. The response was overwhelming. Mr ramesh Pokhariyal said, “I am glad to share that we received more than 1.5K suggestions. Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming response,” Nishank tweeted.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training has provided inputs on how to teach this curriculum using different strategies, given the disruptions to regular classroom teaching caused by the pandemic. It has also prepared an alternative academic calendar for Classes 1 to 12 to support pedagogy in affiliated schools.