Oppn Lashes Out at Centre, CBSE Over Decision to Drop Syllabus Topics

File picture of the CBSE headquarters in New Delhi.

The Human Resource Development Ministry maintains that the curriculum has been rationalised whereas retaining core components.

  • PTI New Delhi
  • Last Updated: July 9, 2020, 12:04 AM IST

The opposition on Wednesday lashed out at the ruling BJP over CBSE’s choice to drop sure matters from its syllabus.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia mentioned the CBSE ought to clarify the rationale behind dropping sure chapters from the varsity curriculum, asserting that the board should have had “very strong” causes behind the transfer.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday had notified that it rationalised by up to 30 % the syllabus for courses 9 to 12 for the educational 12 months 2020-21 to scale back course load on college students amid the COVID-19 disaster.

The Human Resource Development Ministry maintains that the curriculum has been rationalised whereas retaining core components.

The board in its syllabus rationalisation train has dropped chapters on democracy and variety, demonetisation, nationalism, secularism, India’s relations with its neighbours and progress of native governments in India, amongst others, as per the up to date syllabus.

“The Delhi Government has always been a votary of syllabus reduction and I have said so on several occasions as a large syllabus does not mean more learning. I support the CBSE’s decision to reduce the syllabus for the academic session 2020-21 in the secondary and senior secondary grades but I have reservations and concerns over the manner and content of the syllabus reduction exercise,” Sisodia mentioned.

The NCP additionally attacked the CBSE’s transfer, saying the ruling BJP needs to get rid of democracy and secularism.

NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase mentioned, “The BJP’s agenda is very clear, they want to do away with democracy and secularism, hence the best way is not to teach it to the young. In the days to come, the BJP may even rewrite history in a different way and add it to the syllabus,” mentioned Tapase.

Opposition and Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav additionally criticised the Board’s transfer, alleging the Centre is taking a “unilateral and undemocratic step”.

“As per media reports, the government has decided to delete some important chapters in the garb of reduction of 30 per cent course in the syllabus for students for the academic year 2020-21 in view of the coronavirus crisis. It is a unilateral and undemocratic step. I would say that this is a step towards finishing the democracy in the country,” he alleged in an announcement.

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