HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced the revised syllabus for Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE Classes 9 to 12. As per the HRD Minister, the CBSE syllabus for this year’s classes 9 to 12 has been reduced by 30 percent. The focus has been to retain the core concepts. Nishank said the decision has been taken after discussions with students, teachers, CBSE board and other stakeholders. “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,” Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank tweeted.
“Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30% by retaining the core concepts,” he added.
The syllabus has been rationalized with the help of suggestions from NCERT. A CBSE notification said that the deleted portions of the CBSE syllabus will not be included in the internal assessments of the year-end board exams.
📢Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30% by retaining the core concepts.@PMOIndia @HMOIndia @HRDMinistry @mygovindia @transformIndia @cbseindia29 @mygovindia— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 7, 2020
On the next board exams and how the reduced syllabus will impact the exam setting, the CBSE has said that the reduced syllabus will not be a part of the internal assessment and board exam.
It has asked the teachers to make sure that the topics of the reduced syllabus are taught to students adequately so that they do not miss the connection between different topics.
As part of rationalising its syllabus, The CBSE reportedly, has “completely deleted” chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism from the political science curriculum of Class 11 for the academic year 2020-21.
Apart from these, sub-sections including ‘Why do we need Local Governments?’ and ‘Growth of Local Government in India’ have also been removed from the curriculum.
Last month, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had pitched for a 30 per cent reduction in syllabus for all grades to make up for the loss caused by the pandemic.
Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 when the central government announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as one of the measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
A nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, which came into effect the next day.