ICSE and ISC revised syllabus from the 2011-12
The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations has lined up sweeping
changes to its syllabi that will impact over five lakh students in nearly 300
ICSE/ISC schools in Calcutta and the districts, starting with the Class of 2013.
The decision, which includes doing away with environment education as a subject,
is in keeping with the Union human resource development ministry’s pitch for
uniformity in curricula across school boards.
“The ICSE and ISC syllabi have undergone sweeping changes and we are ready to
implement the revised syllabi from the 2011-12 academic session,” Gerry Arathoon,
the additional secretary and officiating chief executive of the council, told
Metro from Mumbai.
The Association of Heads of ICSE Schools put its seal on the proposed changes
during a three-day meeting in Mumbai to discuss how to keep the council’s
curricula relevant for 20 lakh-odd students studying in the 2,350-plus ICSE and
ISC schools in the country and abroad.
Arathoon said the changes in the syllabi were in tune with the recommendations
of the Council of Boards of Secondary Education. The draft of the revised
syllabi will be sent to the heads of each of the schools next month, he added.
The physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and commerce syllabi at the ISC
level have been overhauled to make it similar to the CBSE curriculum, according
to an official.
This, he said, had fulfilled a long-standing demand of ISC students that their
plus-two science syllabus should be on a par with the CBSE course, based on
which national-level tests like IIT-JEE, Pre-Medical Test and the All India
Engineering and Entrance Examinations are conducted.