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Karnataka board shrinks school syllabus by 30%

BENGALURU: The syllabus for state board schools has been revised and reduced by 30% in view of the academic year being shortened by the pandemic. The new syllabus will be uploaded on the website of Karnataka Text Book Society (KTBS) by Monday.

The syllabus has been reduced to fit into 140-120 working days for Classes 1-10.


“The revised syllabus has been sent to the Department of Public Instruction and the education minister and has received the approvals,” said Madegowda, managing director of KTBS.

A regular school year has 210-220 working days.

Uploaded syllabus will contain deleted parts

Topics and exercises that were repeating have been removed. We took into account the opinion of subject experts and officers of Department of State Educational Resarch and Training (DSERT). KTBS condensed and finalised the chapters,” he added.

 


Since the number of working days has been reduced, the teaching period for each unit is also reduced. Teachers will be instructed to design and plan their classroom lessons and activities to fit into the reduced timeline and achieve the desired learning outcome. The revised syllabus that will be uploaded will contain the portions deleted as well as the contents/ activities minimised.

 


The Department of Public Instruction is looking at 120 working days, keeping in mind reopening of schools around September. The department said it could further revise the syllabus depending on the situation. DSERT has uploaded all textbooks and workbooks in PDF format on its website.

 


Apart from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the UP board (for classes 9-12) and Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education (for classes 9 and 10) have announced reduction of syllabus by 25-30%.

 

Educationists, however, expressed concern that the goverment seemed to have no plans to keep students involved till physical classes resume. “Lakhs of students are not being engaged in any sort of learning for the past two months. They are sitting idle. So are the teachers and resource persons and DIET faculty. The government should have foreseen the situation and formulated some policy for them. We’re failing our children,” said an educationist.







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