In a first, students studying in pre-school till class VIII in schools affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) will have to study a curriculum prescribed by the Board right from academic session 2017-18, said CISCE chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon.
Till now, the Board prescribed syllabus only for classes IX to XII. Most schools, said Arathoon followed NCERT syllabus for junior classes till VIII. The curriculum prepared 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 November 23.
The step, says Arathoon 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," Arathoon told TOI.
The Board also has some good news for people planning to start a CISCE- affiliated school. For the Board has now reduced the land measurement required for starting a school. Now, with 2,000 square metre of land, the Board, said Arathoon will grant an affiliation. This was earlier, 4,000 square metre for schools 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 reiterated that the revised syllabi for ISC (class XII) and ICSE (class X) will be applicable for students taking the exam in 2018. The changes in the ICSE 2018 syllabus are in the subjects of history and civics, geography, mathematics and physics.