Reduce 10th, 12th standard syllabus for CBSE & ICSE 2021 exams

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Dear Hon'ble Minister of HRD

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank,

As Corona continues to disrupt life-as-usual, schools are closed and some schools are conducting a few online classes for 10th & 12th standard students. Online classes cannot compensate for regular school days, either in quantity or quality. The volume of syllabus of study for 10th, 12th is staggering.

The earliest schools might open, and even then not fully, could be September or later. 3 full months from June-August are compromised for learning and it might stretch to longer.

Poorer students are even more severely affected, without access to online learning.

It is very unfair if students must study the same portion for their 10th, 12th exams in 2021, despite suboptimal learning environments.

Schools & teachers are unable to plan their classes, not knowing if the full syllabus needs to be covered. The young students are unable to cope with the uncertainty and newness of learning under pressure of the full portion for the exams.

And all of this is transpiring under the shadow of Covid-19, which has already placed stress & anxiety, not only on families, but particularly children, whos are deprived of socialisation, discussions, sports and physical activities at school with classmates & friends. All work & no play also makes distressed and suboptimal learners.

As concerned parents, teachers, and citizens, we request you to kindly announce reduced syllabus for the 10th, 12th exams in 2021. This will provide much mental and emotional relief to students, parents and especially teachers, who are under immense pressure to complete the portions, despite reduced & remote classes, if at all. 

We hope you will take an empathetic view and announce reduced and a more reasonable quantum of syllabus for 10th 12th standards of CBSE & ICSE boards given the constraints. This will enable both schools and students to study in a more relaxed manner that is conducive to better learning outcomes. 

Regards,

Tara Krishnaswamy