West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee announced that the state government has decided to reduce the syllabus for WBBSE Madyamik exam 2021 by 30-35%. The recommendation of reducing the syllabus was made by an expert panel constituted by the government. The syllabus has also been reduced for West Bengal class 12th board exam 2021.
The Syllabus Reforms Committee suggested the changes for the Madhyamik class 10 board examinations to ensure there is no burden on the students and they can prepare for the exam better. The board has also released a blueprint of the reduced syllabus online at wbbse.org. The blueprint consists of chapter wise distribution of marks for all the subjects to be followed in Madhyamik Pariksha 2021. Hence, students appearing for class 10th board exam 2021.
As far as the exam date is concerned, the board has not made any announcement for the same. Earlier, there were some newspaper reports in which one of the top officials commented that the class 12 exams in West Bengal shall get postponed in 2021 but the authorities are considering conducting class 10th exams on time.
In the year 2020, around 10 lakh students appeared for Madhyamik exams while around 7.6 lakh appeared in the class 12 exams.
WBBSE also released a notification in which it notified several decisions taken by the board this year (the academic year 2020). Due to the pandemic, two major changes have been done by the board. First of all, students of classes 6 to 9 will be promoted to the next class without appearing in the examination. However, as soon as the schools are opened and regular classes resume again, teachers must revise the full syllabus of the previous class before starting the syllabus of the current class.
Secondly, there will be no selection test for class 10th students this year. However, the teachers are advised to make the students ready for MP-2021 by attempting the mock tests.
The schools all over India have been closed since March due to the COVID-19 situation. However, in October, some states started reopening schools but were ten later shut down again after the number of infections started rising. On the matter of reopening of schools in West Bengal, the Education Minister dismissed any “immediate possibility” of opening the schools. He also commented that whenever the schools will reopen, necessary measures for maintaining COVID-19 safety norms will be ensured.