Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has announced a new syllabus for pre-schoolers till class VIII for the next academic year. According to CISCE chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon The portions readied by the Board will be released at the 59th annual conference of Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate (ASISC) beginning in Lucknow from today for subjects like history and civics, geography, mathematics and physics.
The Board earlier prescribed syllabus only for classes IX to XII and most schools were following NCERT syllabus till class VIII.
Arathoon considers that this step leads to upward mobility. "Earlier, we were preparing curriculum for class IX till XII. But now with having our own syllabus right from pre-school will ultimately help students to prepare for ICSE examinations in a better way. Now, students will be capable of working towards the board examinations much before," he said.
As for those who want to start a CISCE- affiliated school, some norms have been relaxed. The Board has now reduced the land measurement required for starting a school. Schools can procure affiliation with 2,000 square metre of land.
Initially, the rule was that schools should be at least 4,000 square metre for those situated outside metropolitan cities. In metros, the land measurement stood at 2,000 square metres.
"Now, across the country, the land measurement stands at 2,000 square metres. The reduction is done in order to help the schools who are finding it difficult to acquire 4,000 square metres of land to start a school. However, schools will have to meet the infrastructure requirement and other facilities before seeking affiliation," Arathoon said.
Arathoon added that the revised syllabi for ISC (class XII) and ICSE (class X) will be applicable for students taking the exam in 2018.
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