Karnataka government yet to cut syllabus, SSLC students in a spot | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: It’s December, and the Karnataka government is yet to release the pareddown syllabus for Class X, leaving 8.5 lakh exam-bound students in confusion and panic.
While their counterparts in CBSE and ICSE have received the reduced content several months ago, the state board students are still debating what to study. Incidentally, the trimmed syllabus for II PU students has been announced.
The state had announced the syllabus will be cut by 30%. While the Karnataka Textbook Society (KTS) had released the new SSLC syllabus, the government was forced to roll it back in the wake of outrage over the trimming of content related to Tipu Sultan, Christianity and Islam. The Society prepared a new set of reduced content, which is yet to be released by the government.
Schools have slammed the state’s delay in announcing the syllabus. “Even if schools reopen by January, is it feasible to complete the portions in three months? The 30% cut was announced thinking schools will reopen by September. We might need further cuts. Added to that, we do not even know what will be cut and what will be retained,” said D Sashi Kumar, secretary, Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS).
“In many budget schools, 75-80% of Class 10 students have taken admission by paying the minimum fees for this year. Of this, around 35-40% are not participating in any learning activities conducted by the school,” he added.
The situation is pathetic. The II PU syllabus was trimmed unscientifically, which will be a drawback for students when they appear for exams like JEE and NEET. For SSLC students, we do not even know what the syllabus is. The 30% cut is apt. How can the government expect students to study if they announce it last minute? The government should look at changing the question-paper pattern or delaying the exams to reduce stress on children,” said BR Supreeth, secretary, Oxford Institutions, Nagarbhavi.
“Online teaching and assessment are not easy. We have completed only 40% of the portions. The students are stressed. When other states have announced the reduced content by now, why is our government still sitting on it,” said principal of a school in Varthur.
Last time TOI raised the issue in mid-October, the primary and secondary education minister had promised the syllabus would be out soon. While the minister did not respond to TOI calls and messages in this regard on Thursday, commissioner of public instruction V Anbukkumar said they are waiting for government approval to release the trimmed SSLC syllabus. There has been no discussions on postponing SSLC examination, Anbukkumar added.
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