CBSE is working on rationalizing the curriculum and reduce it for the next academic calendar.
The COVID-19 crises did not only led to a major loss in the health sector but in various other fields also. There led to a number of deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister of India announced lockdown for many days only for the safety of people. But, this led to a massive loss in all the sectors whether it is educational or financial.
A MAJOR LOSS IN ALL THE SECTORS
The daily wage workers are already suffering due to a lack of work and money. Moreover, a number of people have become unemployed. In the education sector, all the educational institutions have already shut down due to nationwide lockdown.
Still, the academic session has already started in all the institutions. Online sessions are conducted by the teachers so that students would not have to compromise with their studies and the academic session should go on.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN
For such academic loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Board of Secondary Education is working on rationalizing the curriculum. Board Chairman Manoj Ahuja said that CBSE has decided to reduce the syllabus for students and it will be ready within a month.
A conference named ‘Future of Schools: overcoming COVID-19 Challenge and Beyond’ was organized by Ashoka University. In that conference, Manoj Ahuja said that they cannot bring sudden changes in the education system and create confusion and uncertainty.
The curriculum reforms are going to be in sync with the learning outcome. He said that CBSE is planning to rationalize the curriculum and plan to retain the core elements. They are very important in terms of learning outcomes.
CBSE WOULD REDUCE THE CURRICULUM
The Chairman said that if something is duplicate in some way or working extra on the same concept, they aim to shelve it. Anything that can be done in a more practical manner should be done that way. That’s what CBSE is planning and would be able to finalize within a month’s time.
Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that CBSE would reduce the curriculum for the next academic calendar for all the classes. A lot of time is lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to cope up with the lost time, this decision is taken assessing that the curriculum will be curtailed in proportion to the lost time.
The HRD Minister has released its alternative calendar for different grades in which all the details of the learning plan during the lockdown is mentioned.
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN CLOSED
All the universities and schools have been closed since March 16 when the center announced that all the educational institutions needs to be temporarily shut down as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic. The first lockdown was announced on March 24 and came into effect the next day. Although the government has reduced certain restrictions now, schools and colleges will continue to remain closed.