Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry drops critical chapters on “Democracy” from CBSE Class 10 exam

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As per a latest media report, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided that chapters on Democracy and Diversity in the Class 10 social science syllabus for the 2019-2020 session will not figure in the final exams.

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Three chapters as mentioned below, from the Democratic Politics Book – I, will be not evaluated in board examination 2020 :

1.Democracy and Diversity

The chapter ‘democracy and diversity’ analyses the relationship between social cleavages and political competition with reference to the Indian situation.

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2.Popular Struggle and Movements

This chapter creates understanding of the vital role of people’s struggle in the expansion of democracy.

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3.Challenges to Democracy

This chapter covers thinking about challenges, political reforms and redefining democracy

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A circular released by CBSE says the said :

“Chapters will be assessed in the periodic tests, but will not be evaluated in the board examination.”

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The decision is believed to be a part of a curriculum rationalisation exercise undertaken by the Human Resource Development ministry reduce the “burden” of the curriculum on students, as reported by Hindustan Times.

This move by the ministry has received mixed reactions from the field of education:

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Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister

HS Mamik, chairman of Vivek High School, Sector 38, says :

“CBSE, an examination body, cannot decide on what should and should not be included in the syllabus. NCERT and a team of academicians should be advising the government. CBSE is just interfering in other people’s work.”

Reema Dewan, principal, Delhi Public School, Sector 40C, and CBSE city coordinator, says :

“There are 20 marks allotted for political science in the board exam and the syllabus is sufficient. The three chapters (excluded) will be given due weightage and taught in the periodic exams.”

Professor Satvinderpal Kaur of the department of education, Panjab University, too, disagrees with this move under the pretext of to reduce the students’ workload:

“Chapters such as ‘popular struggle’ and ‘movements and challenges to democracy’ have their own importance in making of the child understand past struggles. The child’s knowledge of these topics must be holistically evaluated. What is being done is not healthy and will have a harmful long-term effect.”

CBSE regional director and CBSE Delhi did not respond to questions sent by the publishing paper.

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