Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced, “Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30% by retaining the core concepts.” The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will reduce syllabus upto 30 per cent for senior class students.
New Course is approved by expert committees
This decision comes after CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class IX to XII (9th to 12th), the Minister tweeted.
Respective Course Committees have finalized the changes in syllabus and the same have been approved by the Curriculum Committee and Governing Body, the board confirmed in a media statement.
More than 1.5K suggestions from educationists
Considering the extraordinary situation in India where the spread of pandemic has resulted in loss of classroom teaching, the government made this announcement. The HRD Minister also said on Twitter that he had invited suggestions from all the educationists on the reduction of syllabus for students and received more than 1.5K suggestions.
The suggestion to reduce syllabus for all classes by 30 per cent was also put forward by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi.
CISCE reduced syllabus by 25 per cent
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has also decided to reduce the syllabus by 25 per cent. This decision was taken last week by CISCE, the board responsible for conducting ICSE and ISC annual examinations. Since Indian students are facing a “significant shortening of the academic year and loss if the instructional hours”, this decision was necessary.
Too much syllabus is a stress for students and teachers
Since the nationwide lockdown, all schools and universities have been shut down. As a result, many schools started online classes to continue classes and complete the syllabus. However, as experts say, online classes are not as much effective at this time, the possibility to complete the entire syllabus seems impossible. This will lead to unnecessary stress amongst students and teachers affecting their teaching learning abilities. Hence, reduction of syllabus is a move that can help in maintaining a healthy mind even during extraordinary global crisis.