According to GSHSEB, meetings regarding the same took place three times in the presence of education department officials on July 23, August 20 and September 11. Opinions from educationists was also sought on the matter. Later, on September 29, a meeting was held in the presence of Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama following which the decision to rationalise the syllabus was taken.
State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said, “Schools are shut since March and classes are being conducted online. Considering the difficulties faced by students and parents, we held meetings four times with educationists where the concerns of parents and students regarding exams and syllabus were discussed. We have decided that exams for class 10, 12 will be held on May 21 and for class 9, 11 will be held in June. Keeping the same concerns in mind, we have also reduced 30% syllabus for classes 9 to 12 for 2020-21.”
Earlier, the students and parents had made a representation, demanding that the syllabus be rationalised, said board sources. That is what led to the discussion and the decision to reduce approximately 30% of the syllabus. This means that the exam papers will not have questions from this 30% portion. The decision was taken so that studies are less stressful for students and they can prepare well for board exams, said officials.
However, this particular 30% portion of the syllabus will be taught by the teachers so that students retain all core concepts that will help them prepare for competitive exams.
The topics constituting the 30% portion to be reduced will be sent to district education officers who will inform schools about the same. Additionally, the board will also upload it on its website.
Dharmendrasinh Rathod, father of a Class 10 student, said, “This is the best decision by the government. In the online class, only one subject is covered every day and it will be difficult to cover the entire syllabus in this format. This will help students prepare better.”