Dropping the chapters from the syllabus have created suspicion among activists. It is being said this is a conspiracy to keep students unaware of political struggles
Syllabus Cut: Overview
Impact on students
Syllabus cut a political move
Here is how Twitter reacted
Syllabus Cut: Overview
In view of the arising situation in the country due to the corona pandemic, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has cut the syllabus from class 9 to 12. The syllabus has been reduced to 30 per cent as much as possible while retaining the core concepts. After the course cuts, many chapters like secularism and nationalism have now been removed from the syllabus for the current academic year. The impact of this deduction made by CBSE in the syllabus will be reflected in the chapters like federal structure, state government, citizenship, nationalism and secularism taught in class 11.
CBSE has removed all these chapters from the syllabus for the current year. This deduction will be limited to the current academic year only. For now, only the school students from class 9 to 12 will get the benefit of the syllabus cuts. Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, “In view of the current situation arising due to Corona, from CBSE syllabus to class 9 It has been decided to cut 30 per cent by 12. In the syllabus of CBSE, this deduction will be valid only for the year 2020-21. Due to the syllabus cut by CBSE, the students of class 12th will no longer be taught subjects like NITI Aayog, GST, the changing nature of Indian economy in this current year.”
The reduced course will not be part of the subjects prescribed for board examinations and internal assessment. Indeed, due to the Corona pandemic, the school’s working days have been reduced significantly this year. The possibility of opening of school by the month of August is extremely low. Most students are being educated through online mediums. In such a situation, the students, parents and teachers are also in favour of reducing the curriculum. Union Minister Nishank said, “In view of the extraordinary situation arising across the country due to corona, CBSE has been advised to reschedule its curriculum and reduce syllabus.”
Impact on Students
The order by the HRD ministry does not say, don’t teach it, it says that questions in the board examinations will not come from these chapters. It has been completely left on the teachers and schools, whether they want to teach these subjects and how deeply they want to teach these subjects. It is seen as a relief to the students. By any chance, if the course is not completed, the students will already know that these are the chapters which will not come in the board exams and internal assessment as well. Moreover, the teachers will teach the other chapters on priority basis and the chapters removed will be taken as optional.
However, there are chances that these chapters will not be taught to the students and they will be asked to focus on the syllabus. Citizenship, Nationalism and Secularism are the pillars of the country. Cutting short these chapters may extinct the democratic sense of the students of the 2020-21 batch. Though the CBSE says that the chapters dropped will be covered in the alternative academic year, the question arises is, “Will they be taught at all?” The role of teachers rises at this point as many schools have left the decision on teachers to go on and teach these subjects if they have time to do so.
Some academicians have the fear that CBSE’s removal of an entire chapter on gender, religion and caste will keep the students away from much necessary and important information. In this country, we cannot deny that we do not have a problem with gender discrimination. We have that problem. We have a problem of caste discrimination. We have a problem with religious discrimination. When the chapter of discrimination is being removed from the syllabus, it is like hiding the truth from the youth. The question arises, in this situation how will they grow and learn about such important topics? These problems of society should be brought to the youth.
Dropping the chapters on citizenship and federalism have created suspicion among activists. The chapter on citizenship teaches how to interact with a diverse set of people. Along with this, nationalism and secularism are said to be the pillars of the Indian constitution and democracy. Many activists have claimed it as a conspiracy to keep the students unaware of the political struggles which challenge the establishment. After removing these chapters, the students will not know about the people’s battles and sacrifices against challenging the system. An important chapter on the historical ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’ has also been dropped for the academic year.
The chapter removed from the syllabus are those which had a direct connection to democracy and citizens.
Syllabus Cut a Political Move?
After removing important chapters like citizenship, federalism, secularism and nationalism, there have been some mixed reactions. The Congress condemned the decision and said that removal of the chapters which are the pillars of democracy is a crude joke on democracy and the decision is highly condemnable. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also criticized the move and said that she is shocked that such important chapters are removed from the syllabus. The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia sought an explanation from CBSE for the move.
Many believe that the chapter of citizenship was removed as per the ongoing outrage against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which led to a massive protest before the pandemic. However, after 24 hours of the controversy, CBSE clarified that the decision to cut short the syllabus by 30% is only for the academic year of 2020-21. The portion reduced can be covered in an alternate year. The CBSE stated that the topics dropped are either being covered by the rationalised syllabus or in the Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Pita_shri (@pitashrisays) July 7, 2020
#Cbse reduced 30% syllables
— memes_WALE_bhaiya⚪ (@AgrawalAnjaneya) July 7, 2020
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