Source: The Times of India
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to reduce the syllabus for class 10th and 12th board exams to be held in 2021, as the COVID-19 situation still tends to hover over the academic future of the students. On account of the academic loss phase that the students have gone through, the exam date has been shifted by 40 to 60 days.
The syllabus has already been reduced by 30% by CBSE, CISCE, and various state education boards like educational boards of Telangana and Gujarat. Considering the variation in standards of online classes in various urban and ruler areas, the board will be deciding on the conduction of physical classes before the exams to cope up with the syllabus. If the situation were to persist further, the decision regarding the slashing of a 50% syllabus may be passed.
The Boards are still waiting for future directives to be sent by the Ministry of Education to give the final call. Another challenge would be the conduction of exams during the pandemic period following the necessary protocols and guidelines. Apart from the discontinuation of classes, the pandemic has also affected the school and university exams this year.