This has been done keeping the pandemic situation in mind since physical teaching-learning is suspended and the online mode is on.
“Schools continue to struggle to cope with the disruption in educational activities brought about due to extended lockdowns in the country. In addition to a significant loss of instructional hours, teaching-learning processes have also been impacted due to various alternate modes of syllabus transaction that needed to be adopted due to closure of schools,” the circular said, citing this as the reason behind the Council’s decision to revise the syllabus.
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The circular says that the revised syllabus of other subjects will also be announced shortly. The reduction has been done in such a way that the quality of the academic intent will not be compromised while helping students to cope. The reduced English literature syllabus for ICSE will now have just three Acts from Merchant of Venice, four poems, and four short stories. Similarly, in ISC there will be just three Acts from The Tempest, five poems, and five short stories. “Reduction will take the load off students but there is no denying that their understanding and appreciation of literature will remain incomplete,” a principal said.