After CBSE, several states have lined up to reduce their syllabus. The latest to join the trend is the Himachal Board of School Education (HPBOSE), Dharamshala, which has decided to reduce the syllabus by 30 per cent for classes 9 to 12. The decision was taken by a five-member high-level committee.
The committee held a workshop with subject experts, who suggested which topics to be eliminated from Hindi, political science, history, geography, and psychology subjects.
Suresh Kumar Soni, chairperson, HPBoSE in an official statement informed the decision is being taken because the number of instructional hours has been reduced due to the pandemic. While the syllabus cut will help candidates to study less for exams, the board is attempting to ensure this does not curtail the knowledge of a candidate.
The syllabus cut will only be for the academic year 2020-21 and the topics to be reduced will be decided after discussions and workshops with experts, after which these will be submitted to the state government. Extra care is being taken to ensure students are not at a disadvantage, the board said in an official statement.
Earlier, when CBSE had decided to reduce its course load, several topics such as democracy, citizenship among other topics were kept out of the syllabus for board exams 2021. This had resulted in a lot of criticism for the board.
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