In what came as a good news for the students of ICSE board, there will be no homework assignments for children till Class VI. The announcement was made by the Board after the general body meeting of the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE). At the meeting, it was also decided that schools would no longer give assignments during long holiday breaks.
The new regulation regarding homework thus reads : Homework can only be given without detriment to the health and well-being of pupils if judicious control is exercised by the heads of schools. The collaboration and cooperation of specialist teachers is also essential. The amount of written work to be done at home must be controlled and there must be a proper division of written and reading homework.
Further guidelines for Class VI to VIII states that at the middle classes (Std VI to VIII) formal homework should not be set, but pupils may be required to keep diaries, take up one or two projects or a hobby, suitable not only to their tastes and abilities but also the financial positions of the parents.
Welcoming the move, the principal of one ICSE affiliated school said that the ICSE board has been very progressive and is trying to bring in student-friendly learning experiences. On the other hand, other principal stated that a little practice at home is obviously required and students are willingly doing it. It is up to the schools to ensure that this learning is not burdensome for children.
Another great move by ICSE Board
Students in the ICSE Board will no longer have to hide their comics in school books in order to fake studying. In a move that will get kids more involved in the curriculum, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) plans to bring Harry Potter, Asterix, Tintin and Amar Chitra Katha in the walls of school classrooms from next year.
Apart from these, students can also lay their hands on stories of fictional Bengali investigator Feluda to those of P G Wodehouse, while the junior classes can have the blue cap Noddy as part of their curriculum.
As per the reports, ICSE plans to introduce J K Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series for junior and middle schools while graphic novels such as Tintin, Maus and Asterix will be included in the syllabus from classes 3rd to 8th.