Keeping in view the ongoing pandemic, the Maharashtra government has announced a reduction in the syllabus for classes I to XII by 25 percent to lessen the academic burden on students as schools remain closed.
“Inspite of the the nationwide crisis owing to Covid-19 for the year 2020-21 we started the academic year from 15 June. Inspite of the closure of the schools, we have tried to keep open the education system through various methods,” said Varsha Gaikwad, Minister of School Education.
Details of the truncated textbook chapters will be soon available on the Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training (MSCERT) website.
“Still, to ensure that the students do not come under pressure under the present scenario, we have decided that from the 1st standard to the 12th standard there will be 25% reduction in the school syllabus,” further added Gaikwad.
State board schools in Karnataka have also reduced their syllabus by 30 percent owing to the loss of academic time. The syllabus is reconstructed to fit into the schedule of 140-120 working days for classes I to X.
“The revised syllabus has been sent to the Department of Public Instruction and the Education Minister and has received the approvals,” commented Madegowda, Director, Karnataka Textbook Society.