With schools still closed in Tamil Nadu, for the academic year 2020-21 the government has sought reduction in syllabus . With the TN Public Exams 2021 for SSLC and HSE +1, +2 in mind, an 18 member panel has been set to deliberate on the same and present a report on the reduction of the syllabus. K A Sengottaiyan Tamil Nadu School Education Minister would submit the report by November 30 to the Chief Minister. As per the information, the report may stress on reduction of syllabus by 40 – 50 per cent.
Dismissing the news of conducting half yearly examinations online, the Education minister stated that the government would look into the aspect of reducing the syllabus as schools have been closed since March 2020. He further added that the announcement of the same would be made within 5 days of submission of the report – which is December 5, 2020.
The move comes after rising confusion regarding the next year’s board examinations as well as the overall academic year. Tamil Nadu Government had earlier decided to reopen the schools but withdrew its order following opposition from various stakeholders.
Many states have already announced a reduction in the syllabus for this academic year, including that for the board examination 2021. Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE and Council of Indian School Certificate Examination, CISCE – the two national boards have also reduced the syllabus for the board exams by 30 per cent and 35 per cent respectively.
Other than reduction of syllabus, states like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have announced their decision to postpone the board examinations for classes 10,12 as the schools get ready to reopen in phased manner.