They said that it will be a herculean task to complete the entire syllabus in the online mode as they also have to take screen time into consideration. “It is definitely going to be difficult. In fact, we are preparing our year plan and are trying to fit everything in, but it is looking practically impossible,” said Latha Shankar, principal, P Obul Reddy Public School. She said that as per the board’s directive, they can conduct classes only for five days a week and that too for three hours a day in the online mode.
“Unless physical classes resume by June or July, the board should re-examine its decision or else schools will have no option except to take extra classes,” she added.
A few others said that the least the board could do is change the question paper pattern and make it more student-friendly.
“Equal weightage should be given to objective and subjective type questions at least for the coming academic year. In the objective type, they should also have questions related to logical thinking along with the subject,” said Simi Nagi, principal, Pallavi Model School, adding that once the physical classes resume in full swing, the board can again go back to being stringent, but for now it has to give priority to interest of students.
Some of the principals, however, said that as the decision has been taken well in advance, schools can prepare students better for the examinations even with 100% syllabus.
“Down the line, there is a possibility that the board might reconsider its decision and reduce the syllabus. But, right now, we have to be prepared to teach students the entire syllabus. In a way, it’s good as there are many chapters which will have a link to related topics in the next or higher class. Skipping them now will make it difficult for students in the future,” said S Narasimha Reddy, principal, Hyderabad Public School, Ramanthapur.