The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), a premier national examination body will now be conducting board exams for Class 5 and Class 8 students.This announcement was made by CISCE Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon in Kolkata.
The reason behind conducting the class 5 and class 8 students is to check that the schools are following the prescribed curriculum, to assess the success and weakness of the syllabus. "The new uniform syllabus will be effective from 2018," Arathoon added.
"With the introduction of the CISCE curriculum, it becomes very important to ensure that progression of students against the defined learning outcomes is carefully monitored.
The council plans to do this through assessment, which will be conducted at the levels of Class 5 and Class 8 in four subjects," he said. Further, Arathoon also added that there will be no pass-fail tags.
"It will be just a periodical evaluation exercise to have an idea on the progress of the students' learning after a particular level," the CEO added.
About the Examination pattern:
- The board will be giving questions for both Class 5 and Class 8 board examination
- The students will be tested on four subjects i.e English, mathematics, social studies, and science and the questions will be in the MCQ format.
- Moreover, CISCE will prepare separate reports on each subject for every student.
"Students won't require any additional preparations for these exams. The tests will not require them to recall lessons learned between pre-primary and 5 or between 6 and 8. Rather, the test will be aptitude-based and will try to assess the ability and understanding of a student to apply the lessons learned, solve the problems and think creatively," said Gerry Arathoon
The Council has been so constituted as to secure suitable representation of: Government of India, State Governments/Union Territories in which there are Schools affiliated to the Council, the Inter-State Board for Anglo-Indian Education, the Association of Indian Universities, the Association of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools, the Indian Public Schools' Conference, the Association of Schools for the ISC Examination and members co-opted by the Executive Committee of the Council.