Union Minister of HRD Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Tuesday said that the Centre is “planning to reduce the syllabus; and instructional hours for schools in the next academic year.”
“In view of the current circumstances and after receiving a lot of requests from parents and teachers, we are contemplating the option of reduction in the syllabus and instructional hours for the coming academic year,” the HRD minister tweeted.
“I would like to appeal to all teachers, academicians, and educationists to share their point of view on this matter using #SyllabusForStudents2020 on MHRD’s or my Twitter and Facebook page so that we can take them into consideration while making a decision,” he further said in another tweet.
So, parents and teachers who want their suggestions on reducing syllabus to be hear by the HRD minister need to send across their inputs with the hashtag #SyllabusForStudents2020 on Ramesh Pokhriyal’s Twitter or Facebook pages.
CBSE syllabus once reduced, but likely to be reduced again
With many states yet to take a decision on board exams and final year exams for schools, colleges and universities, the situation is grim. Students, parents and teachers had been calling out for a syllabus reduction for the academic year of 2020-21 for a long time.
Even though the new CBSE syllabus for this year release in early April did make a few changes for classes 9 to 12 to reduce the pressure on students, the unprecedented Covid-19 lockdown that is continuing for almost three months longer has made it clear that further reduction in syllabus is necessary.
The syllabus changes made by CBSE earlier this year was to facilitate better at-home learning and online instruction as the science syllabi for higher classes saw changes in the practicals.