Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took umbrage Wednesday over the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) decision to drop topics such as ‘citizenship’, ‘federalism’ and ‘partition’ in an effort to rationalise its curriculum amid the COVID-19 crisis. The chief minister appealed to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry not to curtail important lessons at any cost.
“Shocked to know that the Central Government has dropped topics like Citizenship, Federalism, Secularism & Partition in the name of reducing CBSE course during #COVID crisis. We strongly object to this & appeal @HRDMinistry, GoI to ensure these vital lessons aren’t curtailed at any cost,” Banerjee said in a tweet.
The CBSE has rationalised the syllabus for Classes 9 to 12 for the 2020-21 session by up to 30 per cent to make up for the academic loss caused due to COVID-19. It notified the new syllabus for these classes Wednesday.