Omitting lessons and poems from languages is fine but what about subjects like maths, science, and social science? If crucial, inter-linked topics are deleted, it will affect a student’s understanding of key concepts. Similarly, subjects with practical applications will also suffer. Syllabi revision should be done by retaining the core concepts.
Mahafreen Jambusarwala, Educator, Zebar School for Children, Ahmedabad
To make a full question paper from a reduced syllabus is indeed a challenge. Truncating the syllabus further will jeopardize the whole teaching-learning process, as chopping off portions indiscriminately leads to a lack of natural development of ideas. However, the unprecedented times that we are in needs desperate measures, and slashing the syllabus is one of them.
Kanak Shankar Mukherjee, Teacher Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata
Reducing the syllabus has to be considered after a thorough assessment of how it will impact students, especially with continuing education in future classes. Moreover, it may not be useful to take such decisions now, as the slashed topics may already have been taught in most schools (around 80% of the syllabus has been covered). More importantly, it needs to be seen whether these chapters will be omitted from the competitive exams as well.
Anupama Ramachandra, principal, DPS, Electronic City, Bengaluru
The first thought that went through my mind, on hearing this news was: Will this move change my future, will I be missing out on crucial things? But then, academic-related losses can be made up any time in the future. Reducing the syllabus will, in fact, take the burden off students, who are struggling to adjust to the current scenario. It will be a boost for those students, who have remote access to remote classes.
Siddharth, class X, National Public School, Chennai
Though slashing of the syllabus has become the need of the hour, with students finding the online mode of learning difficult, it is definitely going to hamper students’ future in the long run. The current batches will, unfortunately, face the brunt, as they go to the higher classes with bare minimum knowledge.
Padmasritha, class XI, P Obul Reddy Public School, Hyderabad
Though it is an appreciable effort by various Boards to help students in this pandemic time, it is certainly going to prove to be a bane for the coming academic years. The pressure of course will be tremendous, and it will require loads of effort for both teachers and students to get clarity on different subjects and topics that were given amiss, courtesy the slashing of syllabus.
Udisha Tiwari, class X, City Montessori School, GN2, Lucknow