The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the reduction of the syllabus for academic session 2020-2021 of class ninth to 12th students amid the coronavirus pandemic. The syllabus will be reduced by 30 percent to make up for the academic loss.

“Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class 9th to 12th,” Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal said as quoted by Live Mint.

Pokhriyal said the decision was made after going through all the suggestions he had received from the educationists across the country. The students and teachers had shared the suggestions with the board and the HRD ministry on Twitter using the hashtag #SyllabusForStudents2020.

The CBSE assured that the core concepts will be retained despite the reduction of the syllabus.

“Considering the importance of achieving the level of learning, the syllabus has been rationalised to the extent possible by retaining the core concepts,” the CBSE said in a statement.

“However the reduced syllabus will not be part of the topics for Internal Assessment and year-end Board Examination,” the board added.