HRD Minister Invites Suggestions to Reduce Syllabus, Teaching Hours
The Government of India is looking for suggestions from teachers, academicians, and educationists on reducing the syllabus for the year 2020-21 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is also thinking of reducing teaching hours.
The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal has said that the Ministry has received numerous requests from teachers and parents to reduce the syllabus. In a tweet, he said:
“In view of the current circumstances and after receiving a lot of requests from parents and teachers, we are contemplating the option of reduction in the syllabus and instructional hours for the coming academic year.”
In May, during his webinar with parents, the HRD Minister had implied that the school syllabus could be reduced for the upcoming academic year. He said that the decision had been taken after considering the pressure on students and the loss of time due to the pandemic-induced lockdown.
In another tweet, he said, “I would like to appeal to all teachers, academicians, and educationists to share their points of view on this matter using #SyllabusForStudents2020 on MHRD’s or my Twitter and Facebook page so that we can take them into consideration while making a decision.”
The HRD Minister had recently said that the academic session of schools would begin after 15 August.