Cut the Syllabus by half or Revise it: What is the right choice?
After the recent decision taken by the HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar for the syllabus of students from classes 1 to 12 to be cut in half, a varied wave of opinions came.
While students all over the country heaved a sigh of relief as this decision would not only decrease the workload, but give them a chance to indulge in a variety of extra curricular activities, but the teachers and other educationalists were a little skeptical, since halving the syllabus might result in decreasing the quality of the content and will also hinder the students from exploring all the details of a topic.
In the midst of these different types of opinions, English Teacher Kiran Panjwani said that perhaps the syllabus needs revision, but should not be cut entirely.
“The National Curriculum Framework of 2005 needs to be redesigned and updated based on inputs from teachers. Since teachers interact with students on a daily basis, they can help make the syllabus more chilad-friendly. Instead of cutting the syllabus, we should work towards developing quality content,” he says.
A move for reduction of syllabus was anticipated ever since 2016, but the fact that it would be halved by 2019 came as a shock to many.
It is perhaps essential for the government to reconsider their decision as different subjects demand different amount of attention. Halving the syllabus might not be problematic in a subject like Environmental Studies, but doing the same in a subject like mathematics can cause trouble.
“It’s not just about the amount, it’s more importantly about the quality of that which is being reduced.” Said Annie Koshi, the Principal of St. Mary’s School.