For academic session 2020-2021, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared that it has decided to reduce the syllabus for class 9 to 12 by up to 30%. The CBSE board come up with an explanation on the defense saying that it was a one-time measure attributable to the situations.
The Board clarified in a statement that the reduction of the syllabus up to 30% has been issued by the CBSE for approximately 190 subjects of class IX to XII as a one time measure only for the academic session 2020-21.
The explanation comes in the scenery of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) confronting analysis for its choice to drop main chapters such as Federalism, Citizenship, Secularism, and Democratic Rights from school courses.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) clarify the objective behind the reduction of the syllabus by up to 30% so that the exam stress does not lead to any health emergency circumstances on the students due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to fill the learning gaps.
The education board clearly mentioned that no question in the exams should be asked from the reduced syllabus in the examination for 2020-2021, only.
CBSE said in a statement that the schools have been coordinated to follow the Alternative Academic Calendar arranged by NCERT for executing the educational plan. However, every one of the points that have been wrongly referenced in media as erased have been secured under Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT, which is as of now on the power for all the associated schools of Board.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) repeated that the reduced topics from the syllabus will be covered by the Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT. The HRD minister had said, on Tuesday that the reduction in the syllabus by up to 30% will be in terms of maintaining the core concepts.
The statement read the syllabus that is reduced by the board will not be part of the year-end Board Examination and topics for Internal Assessment.
Earlier, Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister expressed that she was shocked to hear about the reduce topics like partition, citizenship, and federalism from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus with an end goal to justify its educational program from classes 9 to 12 in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Mamata Banerjee requested the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry not to reduce essential lessons at any cost.
Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader also expressed his views regarding the same. He tweeted that one has to question the motives of those who selected the topics to reduce from the syllabus. Have they decided secularism, diversity, democracy, and the like are more dispensable concepts for tomorrow’s Indian citizens?
Moreover, due to the nationwide lockdown announced by the government in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic all the Universities and Schools are closed since March 16 as the Centre declared a classroom shutdown as a measure to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.