Change of ICSE Syllabus worries schools

06 Nov, 2015

The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations commonly known as the CISCE has announced that it will revise the Class 11 syllabus in order to bring uniformity between the ISC and CBSE syllabus. In reaction to this the schools have expressed concerns about a possible dilution in the syllabi that would make it less challenging.

The CISCE has recently claimed that the two syllabis don’t have much variations in relation to chapter sequence and the board intends to make them much more standardized. The CISCE chief executive Gerry Arathoon claimed that the board will be rephrasing the Class 11 question Paper with the competitive exams in mind as many of the students are of the belief that the CBSE students are better equipped to handle entrance physics, chemistry, maths and biology exams.


Meenakshi Ramesh the principal of Vael’s Billabong High International School stated that its not necessarily true that the CBSE students are better prepared than the ISC students as far as competitive examinations are concerned.

Vael’s Billabong High International School principal Meenakshi Ramesh says it isn’t necessarily true that CBSE students are better prepared than ISC students for competitive exams. She stated that the “ICSE and ISC have among the toughest syllabi. They train students in logical-and application-oriented studies.” She also claimed that “They are able to tackle most exams with ease so the syllabus should not be diluted in any manner in the process of accommodating changes.”

The other schools are of the opinion that the quality should’nt suffer due to the revision of the syllabus. Some school heads also stated that this especially matters in a state like Tamil Nadu where the focus is on quantity rather than quality. Ramesh stated that the single window counseling system for engineering in Tamil Nadu has led to the stiff marks-based competition.

She stated that “Many students from the ICSE board shift to the state board after completing Class 10 simply to get more marks. This lowered the emphasis on quality and that should not happen with a revised syllabus for ISC.” There are around 65 ICSE schools in Tamil Nadu and around 26 of them are offering ISC for classes 11 and 12.

Meena Ranjan the principal of Good Earth School is of the opinion that changes aren’t a hassle as long as they aid the students. She stated that. “Most of our students are happy with the existing syllabus. We don’t want to compromise with the standard of education in any manner and we have communicated this to the board.”

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