CBSE Reduced Syllabus 2021: 10 to 12 marks benefit for students, no relief for teachers – Experts - Kashmir Student Alerts

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CBSE Reduced Syllabus 2021: 10 to 12 marks benefit for students, no relief for teachers – Experts

Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has released the reduced syllabus for classes 9 to 12 for academic year 2020-21. The syllabus was released on Tuesday and has been analysed vigorously by the teachers and experts. While some have questioned the choice of topics removed from the syllabus, most of the Senior Secondary Teachers have approved the reduction. The verdict – reduction is beneficial for students but there is no true relief for teachers!

Elaborating on the same, Mr. O.P Gupta, Mathematics teacher and coach for entrance examinations, has called out that certain ‘topics’ that have been deleted are essential for other topics. “In effect the teachers would have to explain the concept. The fact, however, that questions would not be asked from these topics makes it beneficial for students!’ he said.

The same was concurred by Ms. Parul, an accounts teacher with over 15 years of experience. “Some parts that have been left out would be covered as a base concept for a few chapters. As such, teachers would have to explain the concept to the students. But yes, with the topics reduced, about 7 to 12 mark question paper would become easier as the topics removed were rather tricky and usually asked!”

Mr. Vineet Mishra, a Physics teacher agreed on the fact that ‘difficult and rather tricky portions have been snipped. “I am not happy about the fact that many applications have been removed from the Class 12 Physics Syllabus. Also, for Class 11, removal of Newton’s law of motion is principally wrong. However, yes, most of the topics that have been removed constitute about 10 to 12 mark of topics that were usually asked and were ‘tricky’ for many.”

Summarizing the reduction, the teachers have commented that the topics reduced would be effective in making the paper easier across various subjects. As for the teachers, the topics left out would have to be taught and explained. Overall - number of teaching hours has only marginally reduced.

Not all teachers were happy though. Teachers from Business Studies and Economics wanted bigger chunks to be removed. As for Class 11 syllabus, many teachers state that the reduction is more ‘irrational’ and extensive. In comparison to class 12, Class 11 reduction has been called out as drastic and abrupt. Teachers counter that the topics that were covered in class 9 have been left out but those topics would have to be worked upon.

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As for the impact of the syllabus reduction on the future prospects, teachers suggest that for practical subjects, many topics would have to be covered. Speaking for STEM students, categorically, Mr. Gupta pointed out that a ‘Bridge’ Course would be desirable should a student was to continue higher education in STEM courses – to refresh and work on the concepts that have been left out.