CBSE deletes topics covering demonetisation, India’s relations with the neighboring countries, democracy and more

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  • The Union Cabinet Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that the course syllabus for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) will be reduced by up to 30%.
  • The changes will be implemented from the 2020-21 academic session.
  • The CBSE course syllabus will no longer have topics such as federalism, nationalism and secularism, environmental chemistry for class 11th.
  • The chapters including India’s relations with the neighboring countries, demonetisation will be eliminated from the class 12th syllabus.
  • While the CISCE has reduced the syllabus by 25% adding that the board might trim the syllabus by 50% if the situation doesn’t get better in the coming months.
In a relief to millions of school students, the Union Cabinet Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that the course syllabus for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) will be reduced by up to 30%.

The changes will be implemented from the 2020-21 academic session.


Topics eliminated from the syllabus

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The CBSE has now decided to revise the syllabus for classes 9th to 12th in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The course syllabus will no longer have topics such as federalism, nationalism and secularism, environmental chemistry for class 11th while the chapters including India’s relations with the neighboring countries, demonetisation will be eliminated from the class 12th syllabus.

The board has also deleted course material on democracy and the challenges, gender and religion, and popular movements in the history for class 10th students, Print reported.

While the CISCE has reduced the syllabus by 25% adding that the board might trim the syllabus by 50% if the situation doesn’t get better in the coming months.
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"Given the academic loss till July, which is around 45 days we have reduced the syllabus for the students appearing for Class 10 and 12 Boards up to 25 percent," Times Now reported citing the board secretary Gerry Arthoon.

Parents and teachers appealed for the reduction in the academic course

The decision was open for suggestions while the ministry was contemplating the option after parents and teachers appealed for the reduction in the academic course.
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“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,” Pokhriyal had earlier said.

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) also said that the reopening of schools will be decided in August, after reviewing the situation.

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