30% SYLLABUS REDUCTION IN SCHOOLS

By | July 21, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping students out of classrooms, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to cut down its 2020-21 syllabus by 30%, for students from Classes 9-12.

Why is it a concern?

Although the CBSE said core concepts will be retained, there has been concern regarding the topics removed from the syllabus.

Opposition politicians and academics are protesting against the omission of topics such as federalism, citizenship, nationalism, secularism, democracy, and diversity, as well as analysis of recent economic policies such as demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax.

How is the curriculum compiled?

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is responsible for developing the National Curriculum Framework that all school systems across the country follow. It also prints textbooks based on its syllabus each year, which are used in all CBSE schools.
The CBSE course committees, each with about six to seven members, comprises school teachers as well as university professors. They meet every year to deliberate on changes and updates, and recommend a revised syllabus by February, before the new academic session begins.
The course committee suggestions were approved by the CBSE’s Curriculum Committee and then its Governing Body, which includes representatives from the Union HRD Ministry and the Delhi State government, apart from school principals and vice-chancellors.

CBSE Syllabus (Revised) for the academic session 2020-21:

With the beginning of the new academic session 2020-21, the board has already released CBSE Syllabus 2020-21 for 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th. Now, on 7th July 2020, the board has deleted some topics/chapters from the new CBSE Syllabus 2020-21.

Manish Sisodia recently requested HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ to reduce the syllabus by 30% Recently Manish Sisodia, through a letter, requested HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ to reduce the syllabus by 30%. He also advocated that CBSE should move to a pattern of continuous evaluation instead of one-time high-stake exams.Several steps have been taken by HRD Ministry, NCERT & CBSE to minimise the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on the studies of students. Recently, the National Council of Education Research & Training (NCERT) has released subject-wise Alternative Academic Calendars for all classes. Alternative Academic Calendar by NCERT contains all the effective guidelines which need to be followed while students are studying online from the house during the lockdown.

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