The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday reduced the syllabus for classes 9 to 12 by 30 percent this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the core concepts will be retained.
CBSE announced that the syllabus for 2020-21 would be reduced by a third because of the “extraordinary situation” caused by coronavirus pandemic. The education board has revised the Economics and Political Science courses for Classes 9 to 12. Meanwhile, some chapters from the Class 11 Political Science syllabus including Federalism, Citizenship, Nationalism, and Secularism have been “completely deleted”.
Two units from the ‘Local Government’ chapter have been deleted that include ‘Why do we need Local Governments?’ and ‘Growth of Local Government in India’. Likewise, from the Class 12 Political Science syllabus, the board has removed “Security in the Contemporary World”, “Environment and Natural Resources”, “Social and New Social Movements in India”, and “Regional Aspirations”.
Similarly, units dealing with the “changing nature of India’s economic development” and “Planning Commission and Five Year Plans” have been removed from the “Planned Development” chapter.
From the Class 9 Political Science syllabus, the chapters on Democratic Rights and Structure of the Indian Constitution have been removed. A chapter on Food Security in India has also been completely removed from the Economics syllabus.
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Likewise, the chapters on “Democracy and Diversity”, “Caste, Religion and Gender”, and “Challenges to Democracy” have been removed for class 10 students.