The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has completely done away with the chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism from the political science curriculum of Class 11. This has been done for the current academic session of 2020-21. This has been done as a part of rationalizing the syllabus because if the COVID-19 situation in the country.
Sub-sections like ‘Why do we need local governments?’ and ‘Growth of Local government in India’ has also been removed from the syllabus. The teachers have been asked by the CBSE to explain these topics to the students with reference to the existing topics of the syllabus.
The HRD Ministry had earlier asked the CBSE to reduce the syllabus for the classes of 9 to 12. This reduction was asked to be made by 30%. This is done to compensate for the academic loss which has resulted because of the pandemic.
The chapters deleted in the updated curriculum are of democracy and diversity, gender, popular struggles and movement, religion and caste, and challenges to democracy. The students of class 12 will no more be required to study the chapters on the relations of India with its neighbors, the changing nature of the economic development of India, Indian social movements, and demonetization.
Mamta Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, had strongly hit out at the Center for the deletions. She said that she strongly objects to this and appeals to the HRD Ministry to ensure that such vital lessons are not removed at any cost.
On the other hand, BSP MP Kunwar Danish Ali has taken a dig at the MHRD saying that it wants education based on ‘WhatsApp University’ forwards.
The CBSE has issued a clarification saying that the announcement of the reduction in the syllabus is being interpreted differently. This move is supposed to be only a one-time affair for the academic session of 2020-21.
The CBSE, in an official statement, had earlier said that the Heads of Schools and Teachers can ensure that the students are explained these reduced topics in such a manner that they can connect the different topics. But the reduced syllabus will no more be a part of the Internal Assessments and the Board examination at the end of the year.
Recently, CISCE has also announced the reduction of the syllabus by 25% for the classes of 10 and 12. This is to make up for the loss of academics in the year 2020-21.