According to reports, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) are considering reduction of syllabus of Classes 10 and 12 Board Examinations 2021 further.
As the schools remain closed, the boards are reportedly considering reduction of syllabus to 50 per cent or even consider extending the academic year and delaying Board Exams 2021 by 45 – 60 days.
CBSE, CISCE and other State Boards have already reduced the syllabus by 25 to 30 per cent in July 2020. The schools, however, have remained closed and only online classes have been possible.
Though the permission to reopen schools from October 15 has been granted under Unlock 5.0, the attendance remains dismal.
As for the academic year, the CBSE may consider delaying the Board Examinations 2021 to April so as to make room for some physical classes before the exams. In the meanwhile, CBSE has released Sample Papers for Classes 10 and 12 based on the reduced syllabus.
The decision however would be taken only after direction from the centre in regards the academic year. CBSE and CISCE both would take the final call on reduction of syllabus or shifting board examinations after assessing the situation.
The disruption of classes due to pandemic has cast a long shadow on the 2020 academic year. While the schools were able to begin the classes online, there is no actual parity and the loss of physical lectures has been acutely felt.