amar ujala newspaper 23/11/2016

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 the academic session of 2017-18, said 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.

“Earlier, we were preparing curriculum for class IX till XII. But now having our own syllabus from pre-school onwards will help students prepare for ICSE examinations in a better way . Now, stu dents will be capable of working towards the board examinations much earlier,” he said.

The board also has some good news for people planning to start a CISCEaffiliated school. It has now reduced the land required for starting a school.With 2,000 square metre of land, the board will grant affiliation.

Earlier, it was 4,000 square metre for schools situated outside metropolitaan 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 has been made to help schools finding it difficult to acquire 4,000 square metres of land.However, they will have to meet the infrastructure requirement before seeking affiliation,” Arathoon said.

He said 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 syllabus are in the subjects of history and civics, geography , mathematics and physics.

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