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    Education is not full and total if the portions are cut by 30 per cent

    The CBSE has announced that it would be cutting thirty percent of the portions in the higher classes due to pandemic situation and to cope up with the lost mandate. Though the action seems to be right from their perspective, but from the side of the students they are being denied to learn about India civilization, India's neighbor relations, citizenship new acts and so on. All these are important topics to be learned by every student and even the questions from these subjects were expected during the exams if all portions are to be taught. So the students are being projected as 70 per cent learned.

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  • #702680
    Why do we focus on the syllabus on students and not on what they learn? We have nine subjects and learn all of it to pass the exam. Many are scholars and they can cover the entire portion but many just focus on passing and would get good marks in a few subjects that they like. Life is an open-book and it will teach them if they like it. Many students love geography, some like history, some science, some Mathematics, etc. When we talk about cutting down the portion upto 30% for CBSE and 25% for ICSE, it means that they will crop from every subject. The students have a vast portion and on one side we complain that students have a lot to study these days and when they chop the syllabus, we complain that they will miss important lessons. Everything is important but we need to think from the student's point of view also. When we find it difficult to cope with online classes, how come these students cover their portion and doubts. The missing lessons can be learned by interested students from books or the internet. We had complete portions but yet we google the internet to find information about other countries and the same can be followed by them when they require. I do not mind in have a cut in portions for the Xth, XIIth and final year students.
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  • #702687
    They are right in reducing the syllabus? The syllabus may be very elaborate and vast. But what is the use, if the students are not studying. If the student is interested, he can read that portion also. There is a poem in Telugu which means that a spoon full of Cow milk much better than a pot full of Donkey milk. Similarly, having a big syllabus with the unnecessary syllabus is of no use. But useful syllabus with fewer chapters is always better.
    CBSE is considering many factors and making decisions. Whereas State boards don't bother about the syllabus now. They will wait till the end of the academic year and then say, no examinations and promote all the students. I feel the decision of CBSE far better than the decisions taken by some of the State Education boards in India. So let the parents not worry about the syllabus and let them see that their children will be healthy and safe.

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  • #702702
    Right now, everyone is in a dilemma. Schools are not reopening. Exams are being cancelled or postponed. There is too much pressure from everywhere, and the worst thing is pandemic is not slowing down a bit. Thus, the uncertainty has taken a toll on everyone and everything. The education department has not been spared at all. Looking at the time frame, CBSE has cut down the portion. It is a wise decision from their side, but yes, students will get to learn 30% less. What if students try to learn that on their own in their free time or parents familiarize them with all those topics.

  • #702704
    Board has to see how to complete the essential part of the prescribed syllabus, so there is nothing wrong in reduction in syllabus. As far as gaining knowledge is concerned it's a vast ocean which no syllabus can cover. However, students can study all these cut portion of their syllabus in higher classes in more detail.

  • #702706
    CBSE Board must cut the portion by portion by 30 per cent because many of the students who live in high range areas or hills are not able to access the online class. Many students are not getting proper network signals for attending the class. So when such complaints exist, the board must cut down the portions. In an online class, most of the students will not attend it all day and parents need to sit with them for the class. This makes it a huge burden for the parents as they will also have work to do from their respective companies. When one student likes one subject, the other one likes different subject. If the students are having a will to study their subject, they will do it without any problems. Teachers must give proper attention to students who are falling back from class and must inform their parents, so all of them will get good care and attention to the subject.
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  • #702799
    Here different states are imposing different rules with regard to the online classes to be conducted to the students. Actually the decision State government has to be followed by all the schools even these schools are affiliated to any board. For example, the AP government passed strict rules that no schools in the state should conduct online classes until they give any instructions. Like how many states in India are like that we don"t know? Many states at present are reeling under the spread of Covid-19 cases. There is no guarantee when this academic year starts throughout India. Even it start late by 2 or 3 months it is impossible for teachers to complete the entire syllabus. There are lot of difficulties in conducting online classes in so many remote parts of India. ICSE Board announced 25% and CBSE board 30% cut in the syllabus for the students of this academic year. CBSE board added a note that even though a 30% syllabus is not there for exams, the teachers are expected to complete the portion by some way or the other way. So there is no other go for the boards to schedule this academic year for the students. Hope at least this arrangement goes well for this academic year otherwise it become more complicated.

  • #702803
    I do not know whether education is full even after earning a lot of degrees/certificates. The syllabus is already huge where there are a lot of things that are not required at all. Interestingly, students forget most of the things they study during exams if they do not like the subject. There is a stiff competition to score marks and not to learn so if somebody wishes to learn there are many ways to do it. This reduction in the syllabus is because of the pandemic but it would be better if all the boards come together and make the syllabus realistic by omitting the portions which the students do not require. Knowing will not help unless it is applied in the correct place.

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  • #702812
    Syllabus is a broad general boundary indication to have some uniformity in teaching. That is the minimum to be taught and to be learned. But children being children there is a limit to their capacity for comprehension and retention. Hence a time frame also is indicated to complete the given syllabus. If the time given is not sufficient then students will not be able to receive and understand the lessons in a pace enabling them to digest and retain.
    In the post Covid situation as regular class room teaching is not yet resumed, it is very clear that students and teachers will not get the usual number of academic days in the current academic year. As a practical alternative the lessons or syllabus have to be proportionally adjusted to the available number of days. A few days may be added by way of reducing some holidays.
    So the calculations and projections considering the prevailing situation and trends, it is now sure that students and teachers will lose about one third of the academic year until when the regular classes may begin. So instead of showing uncertainty, the syllabus is curtailed by 30 percent. So that the online teachings also can be programmed an arranged accordingly in a smooth way and to resume normal academic classes when situation becomes conducive.
    That is the only positive practical alternative now.

  • #702816
    The present circumstances might have prompted the decision to reduce the syllabus by 30% and there is no option at this juncture. Parents are worried about the fate of the academic year and generally, none wants to lose it. The efforts to go for the online classes upto Nov'20 for higher studies are on the cards and various options are being explored to save the Academic year. I think the reduction in Syllabus would be confined to the current academic year only.

  • #702852
    Just a month back, we had discussed
    syllabus reducing to half, that is 50% for the academic year 2020-21, but now it is understood by the author that it is just by 30% shortfall. They seem to have understood much better than earlier about the value of education imparted on each and every child. Here whether it is a state, central or ICSE, the student has to learn, that is the important aspect to be considered.

    Earlier, Government had not accepted for online classes but now it has given preference for online modes of teaching. We can expect a change in syllabus decision too. Hardly can every child concentrate and get knowledge on the contents when the syllabus is full, now if it is reducing, it will make a drastic impact on future learning.

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