Hyderabad: The Covid pandemic is yet to completely free the education sector from its clutches, with the situation prompting the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education to consider the Union government’s suggestion to curtail the syllabus this year as well.
If the proposal is approved by the State government, Intermediate students will be taught only 70 per cent of the actual syllabus, according to officials. The slashing of the syllabus was a suggestion that actually came from the Union government, pointing out that a similar move was adopted in the last academic year too.
“We have received a suggestion from the Union government regarding the reduction of the syllabus as was done in the last academic year. We will be communicating the same to the State government for approval. Accordingly, the Intermediate syllabus will be reduced for the academic year 2021-22. The same will be applicable for exams,” an official said.
Last year too, the Intermediate students had only 70 per cent of the actual syllabus in the Intermediate Public Examinations due to the pandemic. As the Inter syllabus was reduced, the same was reflected in the syllabus for the Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (TS Eamcet) 2021 syllabus too. If similar Inter syllabus is used this year, the same will apply to the TS Eamcet also.
Meanwhile, the Board is making elaborate arrangements for conducting the first-year Intermediate Public Examinations for second-year students from October 25 to November 2. These examinations were not conducted earlier this year due to the pandemic and all first-year students were promoted. However, it was informed that the exams would be conducted at a future date whenever the situation eases.
As announced earlier, the first year examinations will have 70 per cent syllabus and exams will be conducted from 9 am to 12 noon. Students appearing for these exams will have a more choices among the questions. Accordingly, the Board has readied the question papers. As some of the first year exams were clashing with the Huzurabad bypoll scheduled to be held on October 30 and counting of votes on November 2, the Board is also looking at alternatives.
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