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MUMBAI: With the rise of Covid-19 cases in the city and state, teachers have once again demanded that the SSC and HSC syllabus be trimmed further to help students cope as schools might remain shut for longer.
The state had last year announced a 25% reduction in the syllabus for board exams. In November 2020, schools across the state with an exception of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai reopened for classes IX to XII giving teachers and students enough time to prepare for the board examinations in the end of April.
However, city teachers continued to demand a further reduction in syllabus since they were still not back to physical classes. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has said schools and junior colleges in the city would remain shut until further notice.
“We were hopeful that schools will be allowed to reopen from March 1 but with the number of cases on the rise once more, it looks unlikely. The board examination practicals begun even before the written exams giving us very little time to complete the syllabus,” said a teacher from a state board school. The school is currently holding prelims for class X students and parents are required to drop off the answer sheets in school for evaluation.
Another teachers’ group has demanded the board increase the internal assessment weightage to 50%. “A lot of students haven’t been able to learn online and the others needed at least some time to practice writing a paper before their board examination. With the examination only two months away, the board must start thinking of an alternate assessment policy. It could allow the exams to be taken at the school level for at least 50% of the total marks,” said Rajesh Pandya, vice president of the Teacher’s Democratic Front.
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