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ISC Syllabus Reform to Check Student Egress

Jun 9, 2016 12:11 IST

    As one more huge reform in academics, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations has announced to reform the ISC syllabus to check the withdrawal of students after class 10 from ISC to CBSE. CBSE has been always a preferred board by students as well as parents due to common conception that CBSE students can prepare in a better way and hence, outperform other boards in all-India engineering and medical entrance exams. This common belief causes the withdrawal of a large number of students from ISC board to CBSE board every year.

    The academic session 2015-2016 experienced migration of 100 students out of every 300 students after class 10. Likewise, 7,7018 students out of total 1,49,087 students withdrew from ISC to opt CBSE for their senior secondary examinations.

    Gerry Arathoon, the chief executive and secretary of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations told, “In order to convince students and parents that the syllabus of ISC and CBSE class 12 is the same, we have realigned our Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology syllabus with that of the CBSE. We were compelled to bring about this change. It comes into effect this new academic session and the ISC exam of 2018 will be conducted in according to this changed syllabus. The question pattern too would follow the CBSE”.

    The Council of Boards of School Education in India (CBSE) is a voluntary association of all the Boards of School Education in India. The common curriculum all the Indian school boards as designed by CBSE is followed by as many as 17 school boards. Still, parents and students are inclined towards CBSE boards as primary choice for school education. This is because they believe that CBSE board pattern is in line with patterns of all-India engineering and medical entrance exams and therefore, majority of CBSE board students achieve success in these exams and make entry into national level top colleges of professional courses.

    As declared by Arathoon, the reformed ISC syllabus of physics, chemistry, biology and maths in class 11 and 12 will exactly match with that of CBSE board. Since CBSE schools follow NCERT text books; now, the ISC board will also use the NCERT books as reference along with the ISC recommended books. The main objective of this major reform is to convince the parents about objective oriented fun-filled learning curriculum of the ISC board. As additional step, ISC board has also decided to make the recommended books look less bulky to remove the misconception of lengthy syllabus of ISC board as compared to that of CBSE board.

    CICSE has also initiated the process of preparation of NEET and JEE (Main) based study syllabus. Since ISC board does not allow the students to blend its school hours with that of coaching classes as CBSE board schools do, student take this as a major comfort provided by CBSE board. In the same direction, the special study material for NEET and JEE (Main) will be made available to ISC board students.

    The reformed syllabus is expected to come in effect from 2017 and hence, the 2018 year ISC examinations will held according to the revised syllabus.

     “In order to eradicate the hold of CBSE board over all-India medical and engineering entrance examinations, we have decided to send a petition to HRD ministry to organize an independent body for these examinations”, said Nabarun Dey, spokesperson of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate.

    Major Reforms:

    • As an initiative to put a check on migration of aspiring engineers and doctors from ISC board to CBSE, the ISC syllabus will now mirror CBSE.
    • CBSE board has been preferred by students causing migration of one out of three ISC students to opt CBSE board.
    • The revised ISC syllabus for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics is expected to be in line with that of CBSE syllabus of class 11 and 12. Even the CBSE question pattern will be adopted. The revised syllabus will be in phase with NEET and JEE (Main) pattern to attract more students.
    • Students will be made familiar to the changed question paper pattern by providing them the sample question paper by the end of June.
    • To preserve the heritage of ISC syllabus, the humanities and commerce stream will not be reformed according to CBSE board. “Not all the students want to become doctors and engineers. There are other professional streams as well.”
    • The new syllabus will come into effect from 2017 and the ISC exam would be conducted on the new syllabus from 2018.
    • Along with syllabus and question pattern, ISC board has decided to follow the NCERT books as reference ones in classroom teaching along with their own recommended books.  
    • Steps will be taken to transform the bulky ISC board books into attractive slim looks to provide students “feel good” factor.
    • Special study material for NEET and JEE (Main) will be prepared and made available to students.

    For the first time, the whole ISC syllabus from primary to class 8 would be revised which will come in effect from 2017.

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