The Bihar school examination board (BSEB) has sent a proposal to the state government for reducing the syllabus in view of the disruption caused by Covid-19 pandemic. The proposal follows the lines of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), which was the first to announce a revised and reduced curriculum for Class 9 to 12.
However, the department of education is yet to take a call on it and is mulling over the proposal and the matter has been referred to an expert group from the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and other academicians. They have been asked to decide what could be done to take the load off the students without hurting their prospects for higher and technical education like JEE, NEET, CLAT and other entrance exams.
According to a senior education department official, reducing the syllabus was an uphill task as there were nearly four dozen subjects spread across four streams of science, commerce, social science and humanities, besides several vocational courses. “The forms for board exams are already being filled up but it is a fact that education has been impacted and would continue to be impacted,” he added.
Additional secretary, department of education, Giriwar Dayal Singh said the board’s proposal for 30 percent reduction in the syllabus had been received by experts and are to work out the mechanism adding that, “The online classes are also on and the effort is aimed at covering 100 percent syllabus of class 10 and 12 boards. However, if the syllabus needs to be reduced, it has to be decided what should be removed without affecting the students’ preparedness for future exams. The experts will work on it.”
Source: Hindustan TimesNews, States