CBSE removes chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism from syllabus
New Delhi : Going by the announcement on rationalizing the CBSE syllabus to reduce pressure on students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) removed chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism from the political science curriculum of Class 11 for the academic year 2020-21.
Apart from these, sub-sections including ‘Why do we need Local Governments?’ and ‘Growth of Local Government in India’ have also been removed from the curriculum.
However, these topics will not be taught in classes, but the teachers have been asked to tell students about their relevance with other chapters.
The change in syllabus has been made according to a directive issued by HRD ministry which asked the CBSE to reduce the syllabus for classes 9 to 12 by 30 per cent to make up for the academic loss caused by the pandemic and the subsequent closure of schools.
"Considering the importance of learning achievement, it has been decided to rationalize syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concepts," HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal wrote in a tweet.
"Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, #CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class 9th to 12th," he added.
In an official statement, the CBSE said, "The Heads of Schools and Teachers may ensure that the topics that have been reduced are also explained to the students to the extent required to connect different topics. However, the reduced syllabus will not be part of the topics for Internal Assessment and year-end Board Examination."