Amid the pandemic and keeping in view about the educational loss, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has reduced the syllabus for students of Class 9-12 by 30%, temporarily for the session 2020-21. As of CBSE, the syllabus has been rationalized keeping in view that the core concepts of the subjects are maintained in the syllabus. CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination) has also announced a reduction in its syllabus by 25% for the next academic year, for the students of Class 10th and 12th.
Amidst the pandemic, children and students everywhere, are amongst the worst affected. Life has suddenly stopped for them. Since the last four months, they haven’t been to school, and haven’t met their friends. No more are lunches and notebooks shared. Keeping in mind the loss of academic period, CBSE and ICSE have revised the syllabus for the next session.
What Students Say about the decision
While some students welcomed this move, others were concerned about the loss of studies and building of new mindset of studying less and scoring more. “Though the exams syllabus has been reduced, competitive exams still hold the same syllabus. So, I don’t find the decision worthy in a long race”, says Khushbu, a school student.
Shreya, from Bareilly, UP said, “I think it’s a good decision because I have seen that teaching online is not helping much. Teachers are not able to complete syllabus. My brother studies in 9th class. I have seen that it’s not that easy to teach online. It takes some time to start that video call then wait for all the children to join, and thus consumes almost half the time of the class. So it doesn’t look like the syllabus will get completed in this way.”
“And there’s nothing bad in this because the things reduced in this class can be studied in the next class, next year”, she further says.
On the other hand, Rishu, a student of Central University of South Bihar says, “When I was in class 10th, the CCE pattern wasn’t helpful because we came up with a lot of difficulties in higher classes. The more we reduce the syllabus the upcoming generation will lose the habit of studying.”
“What are they to do if they think of preparing for exams like UPSC? Will the committee reduce its syllabus?”, she questions.