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CBSE and CISCE expected to reduce syllabus from 30% to 50%

Rida Shaikh

CBSE and CISCE board is thinking about reducing the syllabus further to 50 percent instead of the 30 percent that was decided earlier.  As the schools haven’t been reopened yet and only online classes are being carried out, the boards are also giving thought to the postponement of the board exams by 45-60 days.  However, neither of the two decisions have been acted upon yet.

The Central Government has already issued the SOP’s regarding the reopening of schools and colleges. The educational institutions in non-containment zones can resume their functioning from the 15th of October. The states and UT’s have been given liberty to issue their own SOP’s but they have to be in accordance with the SOP of the Central Government.

Since many parents are still against sending their wards to school in the wake of the COVID-19 situation,  it is highly unlikely that the schools will start in full swing anytime soon as the attendance is expected to remain very low.

Back in July, CBSE and CISCE had decided to reduce the school syllabus by thirty percent. CBSE announced that no questions would be asked from the deleted topics but the schools would be free to decide whether or not to teach the canceled topics. Following this, many state boards had also reduced their syllabus.

While speaking to TOI, a senior CBSE official said that since normal classes haven’t yet started, CBSE might further reduce the syllabus for 2021 board exams. The board is expected to take a call soon whether to conduct the board exams with a 50 percent syllabus or with 30 percent syllabus.

He also added that many schools have been asking the board to reduce the syllabus furthermore and that the board exams might be shifted to April to accommodate the completion of the syllabus.

Chief executive of CISCE Gerry Arathoon said that there is a possibility of the ICSE board reducing their syllabus further but it couldn’t be ascertained how much reduction would take place.


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