HRD Minister Ramesh Nishank announced a major CBSE syllabus reduction for the new academic year 2020-21 on July 7 which was soon followed by an official notification by CBSE.
Considering the loss of classroom teaching time due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, CBSE reduced the syllabus of classes 9 to 12 with the help of suggestions from NCERT.
The CBSE syllabus has been rationalized keeping intact the learning outcomes so that the core concepts of students can be retained.
CBSE stated in its notification that the deleted portions of the CBSE syllabus should not be considered for internal assessments or for the year-end board exams.
However, teachers should ensure that the deleted portions are explained to the students so that they can use it to connect to other topics, the notification said.
The CBSE syllabus had been reduced slightly in early April mainly in the practical portions, but as the lockdown got extended and the Covid-19 pandemic became worse, a bigger syllabus reduction was on the cards.