CBSE reduces syllabus of class 9-12 by 30%.
According to the HRD Ministry, CBSE reduces the syllabus of class 9-12 by 30 percent. The Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ made the announcement regarding rationalisation of syllabus by CBSE on July 7. The decision to reduce the syllabus comes due to the prevailing situation of Covid19 pandemic. Schools have been shut since the lockdown was induced on March 24 resulting in loss of classroom teaching.
“Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum. And to reduce the course load for the students of classes 9 to 12. To aid the decision, a few weeks back I also invited suggestions from all educationists on the reduction of syllabus for students. I am glad to share that we received more than 1.5K suggestions. Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming response,” says Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
He further adds, “Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concepts.” CBSE also informs that changes in the syllabus are finalized by the respective course committees. The changes made have also received approval from the curriculum committee and the governing body of the board.
“Alternative Academic Calendar and inputs from the NCERT on transacting the curriculum using different strategies may also be part of the teaching pedagogy,” says CBSE. The head of the schools and teachers need to ensure that they explain the reduced topics as well to the extent required to connect with different topics. However, the reduced topic will not be a part of the internal assessments or the Board examination.
CBSE and Facebook join hands.
Taking a step towards educating students and teachers as well about digital safety, CBSE and Facebook join hands to make this possible. CBSE and Facebook will launch a curriculum on “digital safety and online well-being” and “Augmented Reality” for students and teachers. The aim of this curriculum is to ensure digital safety of students and prepare them for future work.
The HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ lauds the steps taken by CBSE and Facebook. “I congratulate CBSE and Facebook on its partnership to introduce certified programmes in Augmented Reality. This is for teacher’s Digital Safety and online-wellbeing for students. I encourage the teachers and students to apply for the programmes commencing on July 6.”