The State Government of Gujarat has decided to reduce the syllabus for 9th to 12th class students by 30 percent. As per the decision, the Government has guided the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board [GSHSEB] to follow the decision. Gujarat government made this decision a day after the HRD Ministry announced the news on the reduction of the syllabus for CBSE 9th to 12th classes. Similarly, the state government has followed CBSE’s footsteps.
The education minister of Gujarat, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama also confirmed this news. He said that the Government has given necessary guidelines to the GSHSEB on diminishing the syllabus for classes 9 to 12. He further added that the board will consider the vital suggestions from subject experts on the topics that have to be retained from the syllabus.
A J Shah, the Chairman of the state education board said, ‘A decision in consultation with the state government over the revised course will be soon taken.’ He further said that the Government is seeking to unburden students by reducing the syllabus of about 30 percent from the curriculum. The officials will take proper care ensuring that the students don’t miss out on even a single important topic from the syllabus, said the minister.
The Chairman opined that the higher secondary students will be taking part in the national level entrance exams in the imminent future. Hence, every topic is highly crucial for students. The syllabus rationalization will be done accordingly. The board will take suggestions from the subject experts in less than a week regarding the syllabus reduction. On Monday, the board has already organized a deliberation through a webinar in the presence of subject experts.
The educationists have the viewpoint that the loss in online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic for the students in the state is comparatively less than the CBSE students. For CBSE affiliated schools, the classes usually begin in April. On the other hand, the academic session for various state board schools will begin in June. Hence, the state board schools have adequate time in initiating the academic session.
Meanwhile, the HRD Ministry has started inviting suggestions from experts across the nation regarding the reduction of CBSE syllabus. The COVID-19 cases have been increasing rapidly across the state. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest updates about exams and results.