CBSE has decided to drop chapters on democracy and diversity from the Class 10 social science syllabus for the 2019-20 academic year. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided that three chapters from the Democratic Politics Book-I, namely, ‘democracy and diversity’, ‘popular struggle and movements’ and ‘challenges to democracy’, will not appear in 2020 board exams.
The CBSE circular stated that chapters will be “assessed in the periodic tests, but will not be evaluated in the board examination.”
“CBSE has made these crucial chapters in a way optional for students. These will be evaluated in the periodic tests but students know that they won’t be tested in the boards so they’re not likely to go in for in-depth study,” said a government school to media.
“The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks that students read today were carefully designed after the National Curriculum Framework, 2005. The book was designed in a way which promoted flexibility among teachers as well as students. The idea was to delink textbook from examination and promote students’ interest in the subject,” noted Krishna Kumar, former NCERT Chairman.