ICSE, ISC Board Exams Syllabus 2021 Reduced: There is an extremely important update for all the class 10th and 12th students who will be appearing for the board exams to be conducted by the Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations in the academic year 2021. This decision will bring a sigh of relief to the students and the parents as they were worried about coping with the complete course curriculum without the schools being re-opened any time soon. As a matter of fact, this decision from CISCE has been taken only after considering the challenges being faced by the class 10th and 12th students in the wake of the present situation in the country.
While making this announcement, The Chief Executive and Secretary of CISCE, Mr. Gerry Arathoon was quoted as saying that, “Schools across the country have been shut for the past three months due to the lockdown. While a number of CISCE-affiliated schools have tried to adapt to this changed scenario and have tried to keep alive the teaching-learning process through online classes, there has been a significant shortening of the academic year and loss of the instructional hours.”
ICSE, ISC Board Exams 2021: Reduction in the syllabus to ease the pressure on students
When asked about the decision to reduce the syllabus by 25% for the class 10th and 12th students, Mr. Arathoon said that the decision has been taken considering the pressure being faced by the students in wake of the pandemic. But he said that it has been made sure while reducing the syllabus that the core concepts related to all the subjects have been covered. He further added that “To make up for the loss in instructional hours during the current session, the CISCE has worked with its subject experts, to reduce the syllabus for all major subjects at the ICSE (Class 10) and ISC (Class 12) levels. Syllabus reduction has been done, keeping in mind the linear progression across classes while ensuring that the core concepts related to the subject are retained.”
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ICSE, ISC Board Exams 2021: Further reduction in the syllabus cannot be ruled out
The Chief Executive and Secretary of the board stated that as the situation in the country is far from ideal and the schools might not be re-opened any time soon, further reduction in the syllabus for class 10th and 12th students can not be ruled out. Any decision regarding reduction in the syllabus will be taken only after the situation is conducive to do so. He was quoted as saying that, “Given the academic loss till July, which is around 45 days we have reduced the syllabus for the students appearing for Class 10 and 12 Boards up to 25 pc. However, that is subject to further review as from July the first week our schools are only able to resume online classes. This could have further adverse effects. We may even have to reduce the syllabi further and may even have to go up to 50 pc reduction.”
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ICSE, ISC Board Exams 2021: Detailed guidelines issued
The board has issued detailed guidelines to the schools operating under its purview regarding how to proceed ahead with the teaching process. The board has instructed that the syllabus should strictly be covered in the sequence in which it has been given in the textbook. This will help with a seamless reduction in the curriculum if there may be a need for the same.
It has been learned that the CBSE is also in the process of reducing the syllabus and suggestions have been asked from various stakeholders.