Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released a press note to clarify the rationalization of the syllabus of Classes 9 to 12 up to 30 percent for the academic session 2020-21. CBSE clarification comes in amid outrage and protests after removing key chapters such as Democratic Rights, Food Security in India, Federalism, Citizenship, and Secularism from school courses.
The Board clarified in a statement that, “The rationalization of syllabus up to 30% has been undertaken by the Board for nearly 190 subjects of class IX to XII for the academic session 2020,21 as an onetime measure only with an objective to reduce the exam stress of students due to prevailing situation of coronavirus pandemic leading to health emergency as well as to prevent learning gaps
It also mentions that the topics being mentioned as dropped are either being covered by the rationalized syllabus or in the Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT
“The schools have also been directed to follow the Alternative Academic Calendar prepared by NCERT for transacting the curriculum. Therefore, each of the topics that have been wrongly mentioned in the media as deleted has been covered under Alternative Academic Calendar of NCERT which is already in force for all the affiliated schools of the Board,” said in the Press Note.