West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday said that the state government has decided to accept the expert recommendations to reduce the classes 10 and 12 board exam 2021 syllabus.
Partha Chatterjee told the media that the syllabus reforms committee and the secondary board and higher secondary councils had suggested reducing the Madhyamik (class 10) and Uchha Madhyamik (class 12) syllabus for the academic year 2020-21 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and rising of cases in many states. Schools across the city have been closed for around eight months now since March when a lockdown was imposed in the country.
The Education Minister said, “We have accepted their report for reducing the syllabus load at the secondary and higher secondary levels.”
The syllabus reforms committee has decided to decrease the higher and higher secondary levels syllabus for board exam 2021 by about 30-35 per cent.
The West Bengal Uchha Madhyamik and Madhyamik exam dates will be announced in the appropriate time, said Partha Chatterjee. The dates will be declared by the
West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education.
The education minister also added that there was no “immediate possibility” of opening state-run or private schools in the state.
Adding on the safety of children, Chatterjee said the school education department would guarantee that “schools take necessary measures for maintaining COVID-19 safety norms before they reopen”.