From the academic session 2016-17, marking scheme of Class 12 Examinations will undergo a change as has been put forth by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations popularly known as CISCE. The decision was revealed by the Board on October 19, 2015.
As per the new marking scheme, “The marking scheme for both written and practical segment of Computer Science, Fashion Designing, Physical Education, Indian Classical Music (Hindustani), Indian Classical Music (Carnatic style) and Western Music have been changed. As per the new marking scheme the theory paper of the aforesaid subjects will be of 70 marks and the practical paper of 30 marks. As per the present marking scheme both the theory paper and the practical paper are of 50 marks each.”
CISCE was established in the year 1958 and is a national level, private, board of school education in India. Every year it conducts three examinations: The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE – Class X); The Indian School Certificate (ISC – ClassXII) and the Certificate in Vocational Education (CVE – Year 12). In India there are somewhere around 2,082 schools which are affiliated to this prestigious recognized board.
Further it has been decided that both the theory and practical exam will be of 3 hours duration. Speaking on this occasion, CEO of CISCE Gerry Arathoon said, “Taking into consideration the requirements of the universities and that of the children these changes have been introduced. Every concerned school has been informed through circulars issued by the board and have been assigned the task to inform students and parents.”
This can very well be ruled out with the upcoming meeting of HRD ministry on October 28 with 42 all-India and state school education boards. The meeting has been called up so as to come out with an alternate to ‘how to check the trend of soaring board exam scores’. Further moderation of marks in Class 12 board exams and on the need for boards to be strict in awarding marks and reconsider the practice of grace marking will also be discussed.
Earlier in February 2014, it was claimed by the authorities that the examination and evaluation process of the Indian School Certificate and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education might go online so as to make the process transparent and thereby reducing the time gap between the exams and the declaration of the results.
CISCE Council is the official body which conducts the Frank Anthony Memorial All-India Inter-School Debate and the Albert Barrow Memorial All-India Inter-School Creative Writing competitions.