Published: 03rd July 2020
ICSE cuts down syllabus by 25% for batch of 2021, first Indian board to post revised syllabus
The CISCE also announced the assessment scheme for the pending Class 10 and 12 exams which were cancelled in line with the CBSE's decision last week
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the board responsible for conducting the ICSE and ISC annual exams, has decided to reduce the syllabus by 25 per cent for the next academic year, it announced on Thursday. In an official statement, the board said the decision was taken due to the "significant shortening of the academic year and loss of the instructional hours" in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
"The global outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID — 19) has impacted all aspects of life including educational life in schools. 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 leaming process through online classes, there has been a significant shortening of the academic year and loss of the instructional hours," the official statement released on the board's website said on July 3.
"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," the board added. The statement also said that in order to make up for the loss in instructional hours during the current session 2020-2021 it has worked with its subject experts, to reduce the syllabi for all major subjects at the ICSE and ISC levels.
The reduced syllabi for the current Academic Year 2020-2021 have been made available on the CISCE website - www.cisce.org and all schools and concerned subject teachers have been asked to follow the new reduced syllabi.
The Council has also on Friday announced the assessment scheme for the pending Class 10 and 12 exams which were cancelled in line with the Central Board of Secondary Education's decision last week owing to the COVID- 19 crisis. As per the scheme announced by CISCE, candidates will be assessed based on mainly three parameters — best of three marks, percentage subject project work, and subject project. Students will get an average of the best three percentage marks they have obtained from among the subjects for which board exams were already conducted.
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