Pune: After the ‘Council for Indian School Certificate Examination’ (ICSE) board announced to slash the syllabus for classes 10 and 12 by up to 25 per cent, the ‘Central Board for Secondary Examination’ (CBSE) on Tuesday (July 7) announced that it has revised the syllabi for Class 9 to 12 for the academic session 2020-21 by slashing it up to 30 per cent but has retained the core concepts. The reduced topics will not be included for the purpose of internal assessment and year-end board examination.
Minister of Human Resource Development Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank earlier in a thread of three tweets said, “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 Class 9th to 12th. 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 1500 suggestions. Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming response. Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concepts.”
The CBSE Director (Academics) Dr Jose Emmanuel released a statement saying, “The prevailing health emergency in the country and the efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of classroom teaching due to closure of schools. Therefore, the Board has decided to revise the syllabi for Class IX-XII for the academic session 2020-21. The revision of syllabi is a measure taken due to extraordinary situations prevailing in the country. Considering the importance of achieving the level of learning, the syllabus has been rationalized to the extent possible by retaining the core concepts.”
“The Heads of Schools and teachers may 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 topics will not be part of the topics for Internal Assessment and year-end Board Examination”, the Director has clarified.