Ahmedabad: Keeping in view the loss in classroom
teaching time due to Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, a major reduction in the
state board syllabus amounting to about 20% to even 40% is expected for
primary, secondary and higher secondary students.
At a meeting of Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) officials at Gandhinagar on Thursday, three different scenarios for re-opening of schools were considered.
One of these options is that if schools were to
re-open in September, the planning of the academic calendar and course
curriculum had to be done in accordance with it. This could see a reduction of
20% of academic syllabus for the year 2020-21, said sources.
“In case schools are to re-open in October, the syllabus will have to be downsized by 30%. For the third scenario, where schools are to re-open in November due to the Covid-19 crisis, the syllabus will have to be shrunk by 40% or even more,” said a source in the GSHSEB. The schools across the country have been shut since mid-March due to Coronavirus pandemic.
“If the schools in Gujarat were to open before Diwali festival on November 14, the mid-term vacation would also have to be cut short,” said the source.
The meeting attended by the chairperson of the GSHSEB and other officials of the state education department discussed issues like conducting exams for the academic year 2020-21.
The officials will again meet after preparing a detailed report on the matter. The syllabus for the primary schools is decided by Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT), while in the case of secondary and higher secondary it is be done by the GSHSEB.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently issued a notification that it would reduce the syllabus for class 9 to class 12 students by 30%. The state government came up with new rules for introducing centralized education system from 2020-21 academic year.