The Government of Rajasthan has decided to reduce syllabus for Classes 1 to 5 due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Education Department of Rajasthan reduced the syllabus by 48 percent for the academic year 2020-21. It has taken this decision to encourage and promote the continuity of the learning and teaching process in students, especially in the primary classes. The Department has also released an official notice regarding the reduced syllabus.
The Department of Education, Rajasthan tweeted, "Educational Session: Due to global epidemic COVID-19 in 2020-21, Department of Education has taken a big decision to maintain and promote the continuity of learning and teaching process in students. The department reduced the syllabus of students from class 1 to 5 and set 52 percent."
शैक्षिक सत्र : 2020-21 में वैश्विक महामारी कोविड-19 के चलते विद्यार्थियों में सीखने-सिखाने की प्रक्रिया की निरन्तरता को बनाये रखने व कक्षोन्नति हेतु शिक्षा विभाग ने बड़ा फैसला लिया है। विभाग ने कक्षा 1 से 5 तक के विद्यार्थियों के पाठ्यक्रम को कम करते हुए 52 प्रतिशत निर्धारित किया pic.twitter.com/UxVxC6hbLm— Dept of Education, Rajasthan (@rajeduofficial) December 4, 2020
The Education Department has decided to reduce the syllabus because schools were closed for nearly 8 months due to the pandemic situation. However, the Department has not made any statement regarding syllabus reduction for classes 6 and above. Earlier, the State government has decided to close the schools till December 31 due to the increasing number of COVID cases.
Rajasthan is not the first state to come up with syllabus reduction. The decision was first taken by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on July 7. The CBSE has reduced the syllabus for Classes 9 to 12 due to the delay in beginning the academic year. Maharashtra, Haryana, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and other state governments had also reduced the board syllabus.