Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has hinted that the rationalization of the syllabus for classes 9-12 is on the cards. The rationalization is to compensate for the school time that will be lost as COVID-19 runs its course.
Currently, the situation is being assessed and the time loss is being estimated.
It is notable that the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) had already announced an alternative academic calendar for classes 1 to 8. The calendar has incorporated home study modules. NCERT is in the process of developing similar alternative calendars for higher classes now.
The disruption caused by the pandemic has prompted a response from the CBSE in the form of postponement and cancellation of board exams.
Online teaching-learning is being conducted by the CBSE as well as state schools, the calendar has been announced to give structure to the activities.
The alternative calendars contain weekly plans and mandate certain interesting activities underlined by the theme of the particular chapters of the textbook. Moreover, the learning outcomes have also been mapped to give a sense of accomplishment to the teachers, students, and parents.
Calendars are being revised for the competitive exams too. Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are likely to be shifted to June. No official notification from the HRD Ministry has yet been issued.
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