Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 8
In the dock over deletion of total chapters on topics like secularism, nationalism, citizenship and federalism from the syllabus for courses 9 to 12 this yr, the CBSE as we speak stated the rationalised subjects are those which were taught to college students within the earlier courses and the transfer is just a “one time measure” meant to scale back college students’ stress.
Unacceptable, say specialists
The board’s transfer isn’t acceptable on any tutorial grounds and rationale. —Anita Rampal, NCERT Ex-official
Normally, a assessment of parts of a chapter might be completed however not total chapters. —Prof Subhash, Adviser to NCERT
“No question will be asked from the reduced syllabus in the board exams for 2020-2021 and each topic wrongly mentioned in the media reports as deleted has been covered in the alternative academic calendar of the NCERT,” CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi stated as we speak, including that the academics had been advised to cowl the rationalised topics by means of different modes reminiscent of venture work.
“Our circular to schools clearly says that children won’t be examined for the rationalised topics but they need to be made aware of these topics to cover the learning gap,” the board stated after educationists slammed the transfer with many calling it motivated.
Anita Rampal, former chairperson of the NCERT textbook improvement workforce, stated the CBSE’s transfer was not acceptable on any tutorial grounds and rationale.
“It is ad hoc and completely motivated and must be seriously reviewed. The deleted concepts and chapters are ones that critically advance the students’ understanding of justice, equality and the foundations of our Constitution, including the development of their scientific temper. In an emergency, any review to rationalise the academic calendar has to depend on a deeper deliberation on the relationship of the curriculum, the syllabus and the textbook, in the context of the process and consistency of students’ learning,” stated Rampal.
The rationalisation train additionally left different specialists shocked with Prof Subhash, adviser to NCERT, saying he was not conscious of the transfer till yesterday. “Normally a review of portions of a chapter can be done but not entire chapters,” he stated with many academics additionally expressing reservations.
Political leaders additionally got here down closely on it with Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi terming the deletions as “unconstitutional”. He stated he would transfer courtroom in private capability. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee too strongly objected to the transfer.