CBSE announced today that it has agreed to reduce its syllabus for Class 9 to 12 for the 2020-2021 academic session by 30% to account for academic loss in the midst of a novel coronavirus pandemic.
The curriculum has been rationalised while retaining the core elements.
“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 classes 9 to 12.
“To aid the decision, a few weeks back I also invited suggestions from all educationists on the reduction of syllabus for students and I am glad to share that we received more than 1.5K suggestions. Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming response,” Nishank tweeted.
“Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalise syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concepts,” he added.
The Union minister said the changes made in the syllabi have been finalised by the respective course committees with the approval of the curriculum committee and the Governing Body of the Board.
“The heads of schools and teachers have been advised by the board to ensure that the topics that have been reduced are also explained to the students to the extent required to connect different topics. However, the reduced syllabus will not be part of the topics for internal assessment and year-end board examination.
“Alternative academic calendar and inputs from the NCERT on transacting the curriculum using different strategies shall also be part of the teaching pedagogy in the affiliated schools,” a senior official of the HRD ministry said.
Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when a countrywide classroom shutdown was announced by the central government as one of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
Later, a nationwide lockdown was imposed from 25 March in order to combat the virus. While the government has eased several restrictions, schools and colleges continue to remain closed at least till 31 July until further orders from the Centre.