Uncertainty over move to reduce Higher secondary syllabus puzzles teachers and students

By G Rajesh Kumar

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Pathanamthitta: Uncertainties exists over the decision to cut short content in higher secondary syllabus. As no concrete decision has been taken, several teachers resort to teaching the entire syllabus in the state. The current situation also baffles students and parents. An unreliable situation exists in the syllabus for practical examination also. A further delay in declaring the final syllabus may adversely affect the higher secondary department.

National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) reduced nearly 30 per cent of the higher secondary syllabus in June. Though the decision was taken to simplify the syllabus load for students after the Covid 19 induced lockdown, the move evoked political controversies when the syllabus of the subjects, including History and Sociology, were reduced.

Kerala follows the NCERT syllabus for the higher secondary department. Hence, the state also has to reduce the syllabus as per the directions of the Centre. The State Council of Education Research Training (SCERT) was entrusted to lighten the NCERT syllabus for the state.

An expert panel suggested its recommendations three months back. However, the government has not taken any action.

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