In the wake of students, parents and teachers anxious over the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) decision to go in for syllabus reduction by 30% this academic year, the Board has put to rest concerns regarding the ‘learning gap’ faced by students, stating: “the portions of the syllabus that have been skipped are those that have been addressed in the junior classes earlier, and the children will be able to fill this learning gap by studying it extensively in the next academic session when they go to a higher class.”
Bombarded with queries during the theme, “Syllabus Reduction”, at a webinar Keep Learning, an initiative of The Times of India, powered by BYJU’S, CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi said, “The decision to cut the syllabus was taken keeping in mind the organic shift to the digital medium and lack of personal connect between teachers and students during the pandemic. We are trying to reduce stress among students. While the students will not face questions from the skipped portions of the syllabus during the exam, we have left it to school managements whether or not they wish to pursue teaching those portions, if at all they are very worried about how they will fill the learning gap later.”
Along with the CBSE, other education Boardsthe Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, responsible for ICSE and ISC exam, state Boards and the International Baccalaureate (IB)—too decided to usher in changes in the evaluation process for this academic session and focus on the mental wellbeing of the students.
On how the IB Board kept the communication active and ongoing among parents and the education fraternity, Mahesh Balakrishnan, development and recognition manager, North-India, Nepal and Bhutan, IB Board, said: “We started sharing the COVIDrelated updates through a microsite, which the parents and schools had access to. We sought feedback from parents pertaining to syllabus reduction and figured that online learning has its limitations. This was followed by subject and assessment rationalisation. Over 70% of IB schools are taking the November 2020 exams in India. We have not restricted the teaching process but have maintained that some topics would not be assessed during the exams.”
While the educationists are relieved about the changes made by the Board, teachers are trying to “squeeze in the skipped portions”, keeping in mind the entrance exams and the learning gap.
Tania Joshi, Principal, The Indian School, Delhi, said: “Teachers are trying not to leave any portion of the syllabus. However, the topics that will not be assessed in exams, will be touched upon in experiential ways. This way, the students will not get stressed too.”
Educationist Meeta Sengupta said, the Board should also facilitate teaching modules for the ‘skipped portions’ that may need to be tackled later. “This should be done keeping in mind the schools in villages and B-towns that have struggled to keep pace with the transition.”
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