Punjab government has decided to decrease the syllabus of all subjects for all classes for the tutorial year 2021. 

Punjab Govt reduces syllabus for 2020-2021 session upto 50%

According to a notification issued by the Punjab Textbook Board, the syllabus for all subjects has been truncated by 40 to 50%. Only pertinent topics would be a part of the syllabus which has been devised keeping in sight that subsequent school year will span over just 6 months– September to February– thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent disruption of the tutorial process. 

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The academic process is about to resume all across the country from 15 September as announced previously by the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood. All provinces are tasked to plan strict Coronavirus SOPs to make sure the graceful reopening of educational institutes from 15 September. 

In this regard, the varsity Department of Education (SED) Punjab has recently finalized the COVID-19 SOPs for reopening schools across the province to make sure the security of both students and staff members. 

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Under the SOPs, only 20 students are going to be permitted to take a seat in one classroom while only 2 students are going to be allowed to share a desk alongside checking the blood heat of everyone before allowing them to enter the varsity premises, ensuring the supply of hand sanitizers, and prohibition of all kinds of functions, ceremonies, and breaks. 

Experts suggest that by reducing the syllabus government could ensure the functioning of educational institutes during the pandemic. 

The strategy will also help teachers reconnect students to studies after a gap of almost six months. Moreover, the reduction of the syllabus will take less time than usual to be taught, thereby opening the way for the way the government-issued SOPs to be followed in the schools. Overall, it is a silver lining in the education system of Pakistan.