CBSE to Reduce Syllabus by 30% For Classes 9-12 | COVID-19 Pandemic
- by Suramya-Kaushik
- Jul 08, 2020 11:31
In the wake of the current COVID-19 situation, the central government has decided to rationalize the syllabus by reducing it to 30% for classes 9 to 12 by retaining the core subjects. The central government has also advised the national education board Central Board of Education (CBSE) to revise the curriculum and reduce the course load for students keeping in view the coronavirus pandemic situation.
“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,” Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" tweeted. He added, “Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30% by retaining the core concepts.”
Before this, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia suggested for a 30 percent reduction in the syllabus for all grades in order to compensate for the loss caused due to pandemic.
Also, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the board which conducts the ICSE and ISC annual exams, had last week decided to reduce the syllabus by 25 percent for next academic year due to the “significant shortening of the academic year and loss of the instructional hours” in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
“While a number of CISCE affiliated schools have tried to adapt to this changed scenario and have tried to keep alive the teaching-learning process through online classes, there has been a significant shortening of the academic year and loss of the instructional hours,” a statement from the ICSE board said.
The schools and colleges have been shut across India from March 16 onwards when the central government decided to shut all educational institutions as one of the measures to contain the virus. However, unlock-2 has opened many sectors but educational institutions still remain to be closed. But in many institutions, the classes are going online which are educating children through various online platforms.
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