“The global outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus, aspects of life including the educational life in schools. Schools across the country have been shut for the past three months due to the lockdown. While a number of CISCE affiliated schools have tried to adapt to this changed scenario and have tried to keep the teaching learning process through online classes, there has been a significant shortening of the academic year and loss of the instructional hours,” stated Gerry Arathoon CICSE Chief Executive and Secretary.
“To make up for the loss in instructional hours during the current session, the CISCE has worked with its subject experts, to reduce the syllabus for all major subjects at the ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) levels. Syllabus reduction has been done, keeping in mind the linear progression across classes while ensuring that the core concepts related to the subject are retained,” he added.
At current the syllabi has been lowered by up to 25%, however that’s topic to additional assessment of the prevailing situations. The Board stated that it might have to scale back the syllabus up to 50% in case the prevailing situations do not flip conducive.
According to Arathoon, “Given the academic loss till July, which is around 45 days we have reduced the syllabus for the students appearing for Class X and XII Boards in 2021 by 20% to 25%. However, that is subject to further review as from July first week our schools are only able to resume online classes. This could have further adverse effects. We may even have to reduce the syllabi further and may even have to go up to 50% reduction.”
The Board has directed faculties to make sure that the involved topic lecturers on the ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) ranges transact the syllabus strictly in accordance to the sequence of subjects given within the syllabus, in order to facilitate additional discount in syllabus, if required, relying on the scenario of the pandemic within the nation.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) can be in course of of lowering the syllabus and has sought strategies from numerous stakeholders on this regard. However, the ultimate syllabus has not been notified but.