CBSE Rationalises Up To 30 Per Cent Of Class 9-12 Syllabus For 2020-21

Amid the COVID-19 crises, the CBSE has decided to include only relevant topics in the portion.

Neel Raju Nalawade

July 9, 2020

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crises, various sectors have been miserably hurt and one such sector is education. The entire timeline of the academic calendar has been disturbed. Therefore, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has rationalised by up to 30 per cent the syllabus for classes 9 to 12 for the academic year 2020-21 to reduce course load on students amid the COVID-19 crisis. The Human Resource Development Ministry confirmed that the curriculum has been rationalised by keeping some important topics intact.

The chapters that have been dropped after the rationalisation exercise are lessons on democracy and diversity, demonetisation, nationalism, secularism, India’s relations with its neighbours and growth of local governments in India, among others. After this decision, the opposition slammed the government for selective cuts and alleged that it wants to push its political agenda. Later the HRD Ministry clarified that this was done after consulting academics across the board and is only done for this academic session alone.

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