The Central Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, has announced on Tuesday (7th July, 2020), a CBSE syllabus reduction of 30% for the session 2020-21, for classes 9 to 12. The reason has been said to be the reduction in classroom teaching time due to the Nation-wide lockdown, amid COVID-19 pandemic. The HRD Minister, through a tweet, has informed that over 1,500 suggestions were received from different stakeholders regarding this issue.
The HRD Minister wrote in a tweet, “Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus upto 30% by retaining the core concepts.” He then added, “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.”
The CBSE informed in an official statement, “The Heads of Schools and Teachers may ensure that the topics that have been reduced are also explained to the students to the extent required to connect different topics. However, the reduced syllabus will not be a part of the topics for Internal Assessment and year-end Board Examination.”
It has also been informed that CBSE-affiliated schools have the freedom to rationalize the syllabus on their own, for classes 8 and below.