Karnataka not to reduce school syllabus of Classes 1 to 10 this academic year: Report

Karnataka primary and education department has decided not to reduce school syllabus for Classes 1 to 10 for 2021 session.

Karnataka not to reduce school syllabus of Classes 1 to 10 this academic year: Report Karnataka not to reduce syllabus
Vagisha Kaushik | Oct 4, 2021 - 2:54 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Karnataka primary and education department has decided not to cut syllabus of schools for Classes 1 to 10 for this academic year, as per a report from The Hindu.

B C Nagesh, Karnataka primary and secondary education minister, said that the decision was taken after consulting teachers and stakeholders, as per the report.

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“During the review meetings, teachers and department officials said that they have completed a significant chunk of the portion for this year as offline classes for upper primary classes and high schools have commenced,” Nagesh said, as per the report.

According to the report, the education department is still planning how teachers will cover the whole syllabus of this year. A lot of teachers have also said that there is a need to devote time to revision of the previous year’s basics and bridge learning as several studies have shown that students’ learning outcomes were affected in the last academic year.

Last year, the government had slashed the syllabus by 30% for school students as the academic calendar was disturbed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, several school managements disagree that the syllabus will be covered completely. Shashi Kumar, general secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka said that they had demanded that the syllabus be reduced by 15-20% this year as well, the report said.

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“If there is no cut in the curriculum we will only be able to teach concepts very superficially. It will adversely impact the quality of teaching and learning,” Kumar said. Schools were closed till October and teaching hours had been reduced and teachers were not able to complete the syllabus, Kumar added as per the report.

Several teachers have demanded Saturdays to be working days for completing the syllabus, the report said.

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