RELIEF FOR BOARD STUDENTS: GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO CUT SHORT THE SYLLABUS TO REDUCE THE LOCKDOWN EFFECT
Modi government is intending to trim the syllabus for the academic session 2020-2021 ( board students) due to the coronavirus lockdown has devoured school academic session.
The formal proposed reduced syllabus will not cut the entire chapter, only some subtopics will be deleted from it.
Also, the government directed the authority responsible for syllabus development, to trim the repeated topics and themes available in the NCERT books.
The government has to take this step because of the imposed lockdown and social distancing norms have almost taken up the entire session for the 2020-2021 batch.
However, many schools across the nation started online classes for students to cope with the syllabus but many of them do not have proper access to the internet facilities. That is why the HRD Ministry has to curtail the syllabus.
Class 10 and 12 students will be given topmost priority in “syllabus rationalizing” schemes because these classes are relatively important as they help to pave the academic path for the students.
Human Resource Ministry stated that initially, they are working to rationalize board classes’ syllabus and once it is completed, others will also be trimmed.
The National Council for Education and Research Training (NCERT) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are asked to work on the rationalization of the syllabus by HRD Minister Ramesh Kumar Pokhriyal.
They have also asked to keep learning outputs in mind while doing the trimming work.
Rather than proposing removing entire chapters, they have been notified, they should reduce topics/themes or quantity that is “either repeated or overlapped” or if the “learning outcomes related to it are covered under other chapters”, the documents imply.
Topics are fractions under a larger main theme in a chapter. For instance, a chapter about ‘Acids, Bases, and Salts’ in the Class 10 science book is included. One of the topics in the chapter is about the “Reaction of Metal with Acids and Salts”, which has also been handled within another chapter named ‘Metals and Non-metals’.
Likewise, in the Class 12 biology book, there is a chapter named ‘Principles of Inheritance and Variation’, which includes topics such as ‘Mutation’ and ‘Genetic Disorders’. Yet, identical themes, like reviewing the genetic code and DNA, have also been enclosed in a chapter named ‘Molecular Basis of Inheritance’.
To end such overlapping, the experts will rationalize the syllabus.
A senior officer of NCERT said that they have been collaborating with CBSE officers to rationalize the course. Also, we will cut the overlapping topics and not complete chapters.
In order to compensate for the deleted parts, the students will be asked to make projects based on conceptual skills, the document stated.
The experts will be asked to tell the reason why they have cut any particular topic to the ministry. The final syllabus will be disclosed in July, after getting a green signal from the government.
Preserving the core
CBSE chairman Manoj Ahuja said in a video conference organized by Ashoka University that, the core has to be retained.
Earlier, the HRD ministry has asked the teachers to give suggestions and advice regarding this, via social media.
Also, many parents have pleaded to the Ministry to cut short the syllabus so that students can handle the syllabus once the session commences.