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Rashmi Ranjan

(Update): The Odisha government on August 26 made an announcement to reduce the syllabus for Class 1 to 12 students by 30 per cent for the 2020-21 academic session.

Read The Story: Odisha School Syllabus For Class 1-12 Slashed By 30% For 2020-21

Bhubaneswar: With uncertainty looming large over the resumption of classes in schools due to the spread of COVID19 in the state, the Odisha School and Mass Education Department has decided to reduce the syllabus for the 2020-21 academic session.

Speaking to media, the School and Mass Education Minister, Sameer Ranjan Dash said, “The department has taken Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s approval to rationalise the syllabus.”

“While the board and State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) expert committee will decide how much syllabus will be reduced from class I to X, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) will finalise the class XI and XII syllabus,” the minister informed.

On being asked about the extent of rationalisation, the minister said, “At this point of time, we cannot confirm how much syllabus will be reduced because we are yet to decide on reopening of schools.”

Notably, all schools across Odisha have been closed till August 31 in view of the COVID19 pandemic.

Recently, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had announced to reduce the syllabus for class 10 to 12 by up to 30% for 2020-21 academic session.

As per the updated curriculum by the CBSE, among the chapters that were deleted from Class 10 syllabus are- democracy and diversity, gender, religion and caste, popular struggles and movement, challenges to democracy.

Similarly, for Class 11, the deleted chapters include- federalism, citizenship, nationalism, secularism, growth of local governments in India.

Among the portions that were omitted from Class 12 curriculum are India’s relations with its neighbours, changing nature of India’s economic development, social movements in India and demonetisation, among others.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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