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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) has decided to reduce its syllabus by 30 per cent for the academic year 2020-21.

The step has been taken to ease the curriculum load on the students, looking at the present situation, which has hampered the academic activities in the state.

Quoting unnamed sources, The Assam Tribune reported that in view of the loss of nearly two and half months of the current academic year, the council, after a meeting with its academic standing committee, has decided to reduce the syllabus by 30 per cent as a one-time measure to help students cope with the situation.

The course downsizing would include both Class XI and Class XII curriculum and the council would formally notify its decision by August 31, the report further said.

The state government has already drawn up a preliminary plan to reopen schools, particularly for higher classes from September in a staggered manner, subject to permission from the Union ministry of home affairs.

In AHSEC-affiliated institutions, the Class XII classes usually start from the end of April and final exam is held in mid-February. Considering the loss of a significant number of academic days due to closure of academic institutions amid lockdown, concern was being expressed at various levels over AHSEC’s silence over either reducing the syllabus or postponing the Class XII exam timings.

The CBSE has already rationalized its 2020-21 syllabus by 30 per cent for Class IX to Class XII in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

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