In a major development, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will release a cut-down syllabus within a month to adapt to a shorter academic session, CBSE chairman Manoj Ahuja said. The decision has been taken in the wake of Coronavirus epidemic in the country.
While speaking during a virtual conference, Ahuja said “There will definitely have to be some rationalisation of the syllabus, because there will definitely be some loss of time, even with blended schooling and home schooling… That’s what we are planning and we should be able to finalise it in a month’s time.
He also said “What that would entail broadly is that we retain the core elements which are very necessary in terms of learning outcomes. But concepts that are duplicated or seem superfluous will be shaved off.
Schools will also be asked to start shifting to a competency-based education system from this academic year, with more focus on learning outcomes, said Ahuja.
The CBSE’s Class 10 board examinations will include 20% case-based questions, which have real-life connections. There will be 10% such questions in the Class 12 board examinations for all subjects as well.
However, Ahuja emphasised that it is important for the wider ecosystem of parents, coaching centres, higher education institutions and recruiters to come on board too and be willing to change from a traditional mindset.