The changes in the ICSE and ISC 2018 syllabus are in the subjects of history and civics, geography, mathematics and physics. This was the result of the 58th national conference of ASISC held in Bhubhaneshwar for the revision of the syllabus which comes into effect from 2018.
The burden of the syllabi being slightly reduced in each subject and the topics being covered realigned between the classes IX and X were also major decisions decided at this conference.
For ISC 2018, there has been a major realignment of the syllabus for subjects including physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology. The content of the syllabus remains almost the same, as per the COBSE guidelines. Although the topics being shuffled between classes XI and XII to suit students appearing for engineering and medical competitive examinations was the summary of the subsequent changes made.
For the students of class XII, English syllabi will remain the same along with other humanities and commerce subjects. Only, some modifications have been made in accounts to suit the modern accounting system.
The change was necessary in Science stream subjects as it was felt by the experts that the syllabi needs to be realigned in order to give students a better chance at cracking the high degree of competitive nature in the exams they are due to face later. Moreover with IIT-JEE (advanced) trying to introduce changes from 2017 onwards, the need for change and re alignment of syllabi to suit and adjust to the needs of students had become inevitable and vital to their benefit was the belief of the council.
On the other hand ICSE syllabi needed lessening of burden since parents had a preconceived notion of Cbse being a comparatively an easier board. This was chiefly underlined by the fact of CBSE having one subject called social science combining history, geography and physics. Contrary to this, ICSE has two 100 marks paper each by combining history and civics, geography leading to a significant workload on Icse students.
“It was also discussed at the meet that due to the level difficulty being high in English in both ICSE and ISC, the schools affiliated to the board in the rural areas find difficulty in getting adequately trained English teachers. This had led to the council taking such steps to assist the rural areas significantly in their education. Hence council has believed to have taken note of it and drafted plans to supplement the same with audio and video CD’s to aid classroom teaching greatly.
The emphasis on short type questions has been greatly enhanced in ISC with the syllabus being reorganised in a way enabling students to not leave any topic as a whole thereby testing the entire subject knowledge. This is believed to put an end to selective study with equal weightage given to all topics and chapters to greatly enhance the knowledge sphere of students.
The secretary of ASISC, Nabarun De has also given the go ahead to the changes with the belief that the amendments will definitely bode well for students of both the boards. With such changes on the horizon parents, students and teachers are set to get a hoard of mixed reactions to the changes although it looks the right move by the Council in keeping mind the current climate. Is the right decision taken by the ASISC? Only time will tell.
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