On 24th March 2020 Government impose a lockdown across the nation under the Section 6(2) (i) National Disaster Management Act, 2005 and ordered the citizen of India to stay home, to avoid social gathering, and to maintain social distancing with a concern that the COVID-19 not to be escalating all over the country. Due to this global pandemic, schools and Colleges have to close their doors to observe social distancing and to avoid social gathering for the safety of students and switch to online classes so that studies do not suffer because education is the basic tool for the development of consciousness and reconstitution of society. To lessen the exam stress of students, CENTRAL BOARD OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (CBSE) has decided to cut down its 2020-21 syllabus by 30% for students from class 9th to 12th.CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi emphasized that this was a 1st time measure only for session 2020-21.
A senior CBSE official said “Heads of school and teachers have been advised by the board to ensure that the topics that have been reduced are explained to the students to the extent required. However, the reduced syllabus will not be part of the topics for the internal assessment and the year-end board examination”.
The student is contented with the decision taken by CBSE as right now, they are focusing on their immediate objective but in contrast, the teacher is dejected with the decision because they are well aware with the Quote, Quoted by “MALCOLM X” that “Education is the passport to the future for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”. The syllabus reduction has effected all subjects including history, political science, chemistry, physics, English, etc which will create a lot of problem and confusion for students when they will sit in the competitive examination because the academic education provided to the students from class 9th to 12th are considered as the forms the fundamental foundation and acted as the core for their future.
According to the updated curriculum, the education board has deleted chapters on federalism, nationalism, citizenship, secularism, and growth of local governments in India from the syllabus of Political science for class 11th and class 12th chapter on the five-year plan, changing the nature of India's economic development, planning Commission and India’s relation with its neighbors: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka, and Myanmar, by omitting these topics will affect academic quality. The concept like liberty, equality, secularism, democracy, social justice, federalism is interlinked with each other. So here many questions arise that how can the other chapter will be taught without teaching these basic concepts? How will the student get to know the distribution of powers between state and central government without knowing about federalism? How will the student get to know about Niti Aayog without knowing about the five-year plan? Once it is delivered to the students that some of the topics were deleted from the syllabus then, they do not approach the concept with the same amount of seriousness.
Now students have to understand that this facility is only granted for board examination and this is only for short term benefit and the topics that have been reduced to this year are very important from societal knowledge and for exams like NEET, JEE-MAINS, UPSC, PCS, etc. For the remedy of this problem students should make their time-table and little time should be given to those topics which were deleted by the CBSE so that they would understand the social and political view of society and can make a rational decision on the policies made by the government and to avoid future confusion. It is suggested to the students who want to appear in the medical and engineering exam of the year 2021 they should read every topic of NCERT books because every topic is related to each other if you skip any one of the topics it will create a lot of confusion and become little tricky to understand the questions because syllabus of these exams will remain same (as per the latest update) and students of this session should be prepared like the current students are preparing for NEET and JEE-MAINS AND JEE-ADVANCE 2020.