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ICSE Council to revamp curriculum from 2018, make it more competitive


Jamshedpur, Aug. 7 : Council for the Indian School Examinations (CISCE), popularly known as ICSE Board, has decided to revamp curriculum at plus two level and Pre-Primary to Class VIII from examination year 2018 onwards. The idea is to meet the changing world of competitions and their patterns in changing times.

The Council has made changes in the subjects of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics in its 11th and 12th classes for the ISC 2018 examinations in all it’s over 2,200 schools across India. The changes have already come into effect for current class XI students.

The Council has for the first time undertaken a major exercise to redesign and redevelop a broad based curriculum for pre-primary to class VIII as well, which confirms to global standard and academic excellence of the Council so far.

However, syllabi of class IX and X, and rest of the subjects of XI and XII will remain unchanged, claimed one of the top officials of the Council.

The Council said that at the ISC level, it had been following the Common Core Curriculum prescribed by the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) for physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics since the academic year 2011. The Common Core Curriculum is something which is being followed by 17 Education Boards in the country including CISCE and CBSE.

Chief Executive and Secretary of CISCE Gerry Arathoon said that the burden of the syllabi has been slightly reduced in each subject and the topics have been realigned between the classes IX and X.

For ISC 2018, there has been a major realignment of the syllabus for subjects including physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology. “The content of the syllabus remains almost the same, as per the COBSE guidelines. But, the topics have been shuffled between classes XI and XII to suit students appearing for engineering and medical competitive examinations,” added the council official.

For the students of class XII, English syllabi will remain the same along with other humanities and commerce subjects. Only, some modifications have been made in accounts to suit the modern accounting system.

“The change was necessary in Science stream subjects as it was felt by the experts that the syllabi need to be realigned to ensure more students cracking the competitive examinations. Moreover, with IIT-JEE (advanced) trying to introduce changes from 2017 onwards, it will be important to revamp the science syllabus for ISC examination,” informed the source.

On the other hand, ICSE syllabi needed lessening of burden since parents perceive CBSE to be an easier board than ICSC.

CBSE has one subject called social science combining history, geography and physics. Contrary to this, ICSE has two 100 marks paper each by combining history and civics, geography.

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