In view of the ongoing pandemic situation and the substantial loss of teaching hours during this academic year, and on the basis of the results of the online survey conducted by the CISCE on the status of online teaching and the variety of Syllabus covered in its affiliated schools, the decision was made to further reduce Syllabi selected at the ICSE and ISC levels for the examination year.
The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has curtailed the syllabuses for students in Classes X and XII who will take their board exams next year after taking into account results from an online teaching progress survey.
In July the ICSE and ISC syllabuses were reduced for the first time. In view of the ‘important loss’ of teaching hours due to the closing of the schools forced by the pandemic of Covid-19, the authorities agreed on the second reduction.
In July, when the syllabus was decreased, many students and teachers protested that the decrease was not meaningful.
As for the second decrease, some teachers referred to it as “very important.” This time, from the Class X English literature syllabus, the authorities eliminated Act V of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Students participating in the ICSE examinations for 2021 are expected to study the play until Act IV.
But some teachers have said that they would encourage students of Class X to read the whole play. It is important to read a play in its entirety and it should not end abruptly. We are going to ask the students to read the whole play. Even if they are not evaluated on a specific section, they must understand the entire meaning,’ said Joseph Chacko, an English teacher at St James’ School.
In July, only one poem and one short storey were omitted by the council from the ICSE English literature syllabus. This time, there was one more poem and short storey left out, meaning students would have to read eight poems and as many short storeys as possible.
The updated syllabuses were reported on portal CISCE.
The council has instructed the schools to accept projects that students have already completed on left out subjects.
Last month, the Council asked its schools to include information on their techniques and methods for conducting online teaching and the scope of the material covered.
The council noticed that many schools, particularly in districts, had not taught the sections they are supposed to teach by September.