Delhi : On Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia suggested that CBSE syllabus for all the classes will be reduced to 50 per cent because of loss in classroom learning due to the coronavirus pandemic and entrance exams like the NEET and JEE next year should be based on reduced syllabus.
Sisodia made the proposal during the 57th General Council Meeting of NCERT chaired by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank and attended by the State Education Ministers.
He said, “The current academic session is seriously disturbed due to ongoing Corona crises. The syllabus for all classes be reduced to 50 per cent because of the continued loss of school days.”
Next year’s entrance exams like JEE and NEET should also be based on this reduced syllabus to align with the current year’s class syllabus” and also suggested that CBSE should not hold class 12 board exams before 2021 May, so that the students get some more time for the study.
Generally, the exams are held in the months of February and March. In letter to the CBSE, the Directorate of Education (DoE) said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a major mass time of 2020-2021 academic sessions (approximately the seven months) could not be utilized for the classroom teaching-learning process as schools in the Delhi are closed till 31st October.
The Universities and the schools across the country was ordered to shut down on March 16 to stop the spread of novel Covid-19 virus. On 25th March, the Centre announced nationwide lockdown. While several restrictions have been gradually in different phases of the ‘unlock’ since 8th June, educational institutions continued to remain closed.
According to the latest ‘Unlock 5 guidelines, schools, colleges and other the educational institutions outside COVID-19 containment zones can reopen after 15th October. The final decision on the reopening of the institutions has been left with the states and Union Territories.
The Delhi government decided to maintain status quo on schools’ closure till 31st October, following which a review of the situation will be done.