CISCE goes for a second round of syllabus reduction – Times of India

KOLKATA: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations has reduced the syllabus of selected subjects for the ICSE and ISC examinations in 2021. The Council had first sent a letter to the school heads and slashed several topics at the ICSE and ISC levels on July 3 for the current academic year (2020-21) as well as the Board examinations next year. This is the second time when CISCE has decided to reduce the load from students.

The Council’s chief executive and secretary, Gerry Arathoon assured that there will be continuity in the syllabus between the classes. “Those chapters which are retained will have a link to the next academic year. Also, in class XII all chapters which have been kept back has been done to ensure that students have a smooth journey into the college admissions and also in the competitive examinations. There will be no reduction in the syllabus which will hamper either of them,” Arathoon added.

On the website, the Council has clearly indicated which topics have been reduced in July, which are being done now and the syllabus of which other subjects have remained unaltered.

“There has been a significant reduction in some subjects which will benefit the students. In English literature, in both classes X and XII, only one prose and one poem were reduced in July. But now, another set of poem and prose has been removed from the syllabus. Together, this is a huge waiver for the candidates. In class X (ICSE) the entire Fifth Act of the Merchant of Venice has been removed, which will also give some relief to the worried students. Similarly, in Biology, for both ICSE and ISC the quantum of reduction will be beneficial. This is a student-friendly decision which has been taken by the Council,” said the principal of Ram Mohan Mission School, Sujoy Biswas

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