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NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday announced reduction of syllabus for Class IX to XII by up to 30% for the 2020-21 academic session in view of the disruption of the schedule caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the updated curriculum, among the chapters deleted from the Class 10 syllabus are democracy and diversity, gender, religion and caste, popular struggles and movement, challenges to democracy. For Class 11, the deleted portions included chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, secularism, growth of local governments in India.

Similarly, Class 12 students will not be required to study chapters on India’s relations with its neighbours, changing nature of India’s economic development, social movements in India and demonetisation, among others.

Announcing the decision, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted, “Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and world, the CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class 9th to 12th.”

“To aid the decision, a few weeks back I also invited suggestions from all educationists on reduction of syllabus and I am glad to share that we received more than 1.5K suggestions. Thank you, everyone, for the overwhelming response,” he tweeted.

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