In order to compensate loss of instructional hours due to COVID19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to cut its syllabus for Class 10 and 12 exams by one-third.

According to media reports, the CBSE will release the details regarding the syllabus cut for the 2020-21 academic year soon.

A media report quoted a source as saying that the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) assisted the CBSE in trimming the syllabus.

The Board has reportedly asked NCERT to suggest topics and themes which are “either repeated or overlapped or learning outcomes related to it are being covered under other chapters”.

“All suggestions are based on learning outcomes,” a media report quoted a source as saying.

Last week, the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) announced reduction syllabus in ICSE and ISC exams next year.

The syllabus was reduced by up to 25 per cent in all subjects.

“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,” a media report quoted CISCE chief Gerry Arathoon as saying.

Meanwhile, the central government on Monday informed the Madras High Court that rules and regulations are being framed for online education which is in place for classroom teaching since the COVID19-induced lockdown.

To this effect, Additional Solicitor General Sankara Narayanan made a submission to this effect before a division bench comprising Justice MM Sundresh and Justice R. Hemalatha and said the Centre is in the process of framing the rules and regulations for online classes and it is likely to be published on July 15.

In order to contain the spread of COVID19, the nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with effect from March 24 midnight.

Universities and schools across the country have remained closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as one of the measures to contain the COVID19 outbreak.

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