CISCE announces reforms with new assessment system from next year

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has announced to introduce a new assessment system in all ICSE schools across India, which will commence from 2018.

According to the council’s Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon, this measure taken by the CISCE will assess the IQ of the students while equipping them with useful application based knowledge and necessary life skills in the curriculum.

The council will assess the students as well as the teachers twice- once in Class V and then in Class VIII with no pass or fail system. The assessment will be held in Mathematics, English, Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Social Studies (History, Civics, Geography), where the answer paper of one school will be assessed by teacher of another school.

CISCE Chief Gerry Arathoon. Image source: Facebook.

“The assessment tests in Class V will be conducted to check what the students have learned from preschool to Class V and the same tests in Class VIII will be conducted to check what they have learned from Class VI to VIII,” Arathoon said.

The CISCE chief also added that “We are planning to start mass media and communication for ICSE and ISC levels from 2018-19 academic year. From the same session, we plan to introduce performing arts from Classes I to VIII, Sanskrit from Classes V to VIII and physical education and yoga from Classes I to VIII”, however Sanskrit will be optional for classes V to VIII.

The CISCE in collaboration with Department of Electronics & Information Technology has taken innovative steps towards digitizing the student locker facility for Class X (ISCE) and Class XII (ISC). “This Digi-locker will be a personal electronic space in a government owned cloud storage, where the students can keep their documents, files and certificates. It will link to the student’s Aadhar Card. The students will be capable of using these documents and share them to various stakeholders,” Arathoon said.

The council will also introduce a first in the country, self-administered platform for Digital Subject Selection, which will enable students of Class-VII and X to choose the right career course based on their interest, skills, personality and preferences.

To help teachers get hold of sufficient knowledge about this new program of study, CISCE has decided to conduct teacher training programs. According to Arathoon the first phase of the training will include identification of subject wise master trainers from North, South, East and West regions. After undergoing extensive orientation training at the council’s offices for 4 to 5 days, these master trainers will then conduct training sessions for subject teachers in their respective regions throughout the entire country. It will be made compulsory for all affiliated schools to send teachers for this training program.

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