The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be going to announce the syllabus cut soon, a one-time measure to make up for instructional time lost due to the nationwide lockdown in the wake coronavirus pandemic. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) assisted the CBSE in pruning the syllabus, as per media reports.
According to The Indian Express report, CBSE is likely to reduce the syllabus by one-third for the Class 10th and 12th exams next year.
Instead of cutting out the whole chapter from the syllabus, CBSE asked NCERT to remove topics and themes which are “either repeated or overlapped or learning outcomes related to it are being covered under other chapters”. “All suggestions are based on learning outcomes,” said a source.
As it was first reported by the newspaper on June 19 that the topics such as – age of industrialisation in History, area of a triangle and frustum of a cone in Mathematics, and in Science, physical properties of metals and non-metals, and the ‘Tyndall Effect’ on the eye can be among concepts and topics that Class 10 students may not be assessed on in their Board examinations next year.
While for students of Classes 8th and below, CBSE board schools are allowed to rationalise the syllabus on their own.
Last week, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) became the first school board to announce a significant reduction in ICSE and ISC exams next year, due to the COVID lockdown impact. All subjects have had their syllabus reduced by up to 25%. Furthermore, if schools will not open in August then the proportion of syllabus cut may be increased by the Board.
CISCE Chief Gerry Arathoon told The Indian Express, “Syllabus reduction has been done keeping in mind the linear progression across classes while ensuring that the core concepts related to the subject are retained.”