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ICSE, ISC Class 10, 12 Exam 2021: CISCE reduces Class 10, 12 board exam syllabus amid COVID-19 pandemic

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 July 2020, 12:58 IST

In the wake of coronavirus cases in India, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations has taken a major decision for its next year's board examination 2021.

The CISCE on Friday announced a reduction in the total syllabus for Classes 10th and 12th board exams in 2021. This decision has been taken due to the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the reports, there is a reduction of up to 25 percent in the syllabus for classes ICSE, ISC.

"Schools across the country have been shut for the past three months due to the lockdown. While a number of CISCE-affiliated schools have tried to adapt to this changed scenario and have tried to keep alive the teaching-learning process through online classes, there has been a significant shortening of the academic year and loss of the instructional hours," CICSE Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon said.

Make up for the loss

CISCE is working with its experts, to reduce the syllabus for all its main subjects for both classes 10th and 12th. This decision will help not only teachers but students also to build the gap caused by the pandemic.

“Syllabus reduction has been done, keeping in mind the linear progression across classes while ensuring that the core concepts related to the subject are retained," CICSE Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon said.

"Given the academic loss till July, which is around 45 days we have reduced the syllabus for the students appearing for Class 10 and 12 Boards up to 25 pc. However, that is subject to further review as from July the first week our schools are only able to resume online classes. This could have further adverse effects. We may even have to reduce the syllabi further and may even have to go up to 50 pc reduction," he added.

However, the board has directed its affiliated schools to ensure that the teacher of the particular subject of both classes should teach the subject as per the sequence of topics given in the syllabus.

CBSE on Class 10th, 12th board exams syllabus:

On the other side, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is also in the process of reducing the syllabus for both classes 10th, 12th, and has sought suggestions from various stakeholders.

As per reports, the board is yet to finalize its syllabus for its class 10th and class 12th board exams 2021.

Earlier, CBSE cancelled its pending examination for classes 10th and 12th which were scheduled between July 1 to 15.

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First published: 4 July 2020, 12:56 IST