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ICSE council plans curriculum revision

June 28, 2023

Mita Mukherjee

The ICSE and ISC curriculum will be restructured to align with the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) said.

The CISCE curriculum, syllabus and textbooks are likely to undergo changes and syllabus reduction can also take place in the new framework, Arathoon said.

The CISCE head said the council will start the process of framing its new curriculum as soon as the final recommendations for the NCF for Classes III to XII get announced by the Union ministry of education.

“We are waiting for the announcement of the final recommendations for the National Curriculum Framework. The process of restructuring will start after the release of the National Curriculum Framework,” Arathoon told EducationWorld.

According to ministry of education sources, the final recommendations for the NCF for classes III to XII are almost ready and the ministry is likely to make the announcement within this month.

 “The ICSE and ISC curriculum may have to undergo changes. There can be some syllabus reduction because the New Education Policy (NEP) talks about deleting repetitive portions. We will decide on syllabus content after examining the final recommendations for the NCF,” the CISCE head said.

The ministry has plans to complete preparing NCF envisioned textbooks in 2023 itself. The final NEP recommendation for Classes I and II have been announced already and the textbooks for the two classes are ready to be implemented in CBSE schools. 

According to the CISCE chief, the process of restructuring the ICSE and ISC will start with revising the curriculum which will be followed by preparing the syllabus and the content of textbooks will come at the final stage.

The draft NCF, released in April recommended a host of policy changes for Classes IX to XII in tune with the recommendations in the NEP.

Modular board examinations instead of a single test at the end of the year for Class XII in order to enable students perform well, semester system for Classes XI and XII, greater flexibility in subject choice and doing away with streaming into science, humanities and commerce and having mathematics and computing as major core areas in Classes XI and XII are some of the major recommendations in the draft NCF.

The ministry had sought suggestions from different stakeholders including parents, teachers and students.

In school education the NEP recommended a shift from the existing 10+2 structure to 5+3+3+4 format and pedagogical and curricular shifts at different stages.

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