Students at Indian-curriculum schools in Bahrain sighed in relief as India’s largest school board revised the current curriculum by 30%. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) revised its syllabus for students of Classes 9 to 12 in the wake of Covid-19.

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

CBSE issued a statement emphasizing that the syllabus had been rationalized to the extent possible by retaining the core concepts.

“The prevailing health emergency in the country and at different parts of the world as well as the efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of classroom teaching due to closure of schools. The revision is a measure taken due to the extraordinary situation at present” stated Director of Academic Dr Joseph Emmanuel.

The changes will be applicable to students of the 2020-21 batch. However, CBSE highlighted that teachers could explain the reduced topics to connect different topics. The reduced portions will not be part of the topic for internal assessment and year-end Board Examination.

For classes 1 to 8, the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) has already notified an alternative calendar and learning outcomes.