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ICSE may reduce number of subjects from 10 to seven
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ICSE may reduce number of subjects from 10 to seven
15 Jun 2015
Hindustan Times

MUMBAI: The Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has proposed combining three science papers into one, and history and geography into another, to reduce the number of papers from 10 to seven. But school principals and parents feel that could lower the quality of the syllabi.

If the board finalises the proposal, ICSE students will have one integrated science paper and one social science paper.

The proposal for changes will be put forth to the CISCE’s executive body and general body. If approved, it will be implemented, said Gerry Arathoon, chief executive secretary of the council.

Over 88, 200 students across India had appeared for the CISCE’s Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) exams in March. If the proposal is finalised, there will be an integrated science paper and a social science paper (100 marks each), along with compulsory English I and II papers of 100 marks each, a second language paper, mathematics, and an application subject (all for 100 marks). This will bring the board on par with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which has a five-paper system with integrated social science and science papers.

Combining papers could ease pressure off students. “Only ICSE students have 10 subjects,” said Arathoon. “We had received requests from different parts of the country to look into this.”

But many school principals are opposed to the move. “This would mean reducing the syllabus and concepts in all these subjects, compromising the quality of the syllabi,” said Seema Buch, principal, Gundecha Education Academy, Kandivli. “We will take up this issue with the council.”

Parents also feel that ICSE students could lose their edge over other boards if the changes are implemented. “The level of Class X science in the ICSE curriculum is high, equivalent to Class XII of other boards,” said Priti Batavia, a parent who also teaches at Jamnabai Narsee School, Juhu. “So our children have an edge over others in competitive exams, especially engineering.”



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