Chapters on Democracy and Diversity to be excluded from class 10 Syllabus: CBSE

Chapters like democracy and diversity, popular struggles and movements, challenges and democracy, political reforms will not be evaluated for class 10 2020 board exams.

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Social studies is a crucial part of any curriculum as it deals with critical analysis of how the socio-economic factors affect the demographics. Depriving a student of crucial facts can be a big hindrance in his process of critical thinking about the past social changes and our ever-evolving surroundings.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided that chapters like democracy and diversity, popular struggles and movements, challenges and democracy, political reforms will not be evaluated for class 10 2019-20 board exams in order to reduce the 'burden' on the curriculum. 

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A circular released by CBSE stated that these chapters will be assessed in their periodic tests but will not be included in the board exams.

Notably, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) designs and formulates the CBSE curriculum according to National Curriculum Framework of 2005. However, now CBSE is interfering and calling the shots. 

The decision is believed to be a part of the curriculum rationalisation exercise undertaken by the human resource development ministry reduce the “burden” of the curriculum on students.

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Professor Satvinderpal Kaur of the Department of Education of Punjab University disagrees with the decision. She further said that all chapters are interrelated in social sciences and students’ understanding of the chapters and the formation of questions will be poor. The alteration in the curriculum is unplanned and haphazard. For the purpose of political socialisation understanding of democratic setup is minimum, without it social science won't hold any value.

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