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ICSE to hold board exams for Class 5 and 8 students from 2018

Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), a premier national examination body will now be conducting board examination for class 5 and class 8 students. The announcement was made by ISCE Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon in Kolkata on Wednesday.

The move is aimed at preparing candidates for the real board experience of class X and Class XII. There would be no pass or fail tag and the process would be just a periodical evaluation exercise to have an idea of the progress of students learning after a particular level said the chief executive of ISCE.

Evaluation on lines of Board exam

 The ISCE also provided clarification on the evaluation process for the exam. The copies of the students taking class 5 and 8 board exams would be evaluated in a manner similar to the class 10 level board exam. That is the answer sheets would be evaluated by the teachers of another school.

The tests would be conducted for four subjects that are English, Mathematics, Science, and Social studies and not all of the subjects. Hindi, art and computer based subjects which are also taught to students in these grades are excluded from the evaluation process.

Three new subjects and uniform syllabus on cards

 The board also announced that three new subjects would be introduced as a part of the academic curriculum from the academic year 2018. The newly introduced subjects would be Sanskrit, Yoga, and Performing Arts (as compulsory). While yoga and performing arts are made compulsory from class 1st to 8th, Sanskrit would be taught from class 5th to 8th.

The freedom of ICSE affiliated schools to decide their syllabus would be curtailed from the next academic year. The board would be deciding the syllabus from nursery till class 10 from 2018 onwards.

Real motive behind the move

 The real motive behind conducting the board exams for class 5 and class 8 is to check whether the schools are following the prescribed curriculum for assessing candidates performance or not.

The board clarified that students would not be stressed out as they won’t require any additional preparation for these exams. The test would not require students 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 lessons learnt, solve the problems and think creatively.

Pattern of the Exam

 The pattern of the exam would be kept simple and will be different from the conventional board exams. The questions would be asked in a multiple-choice format and students would be required to select the correct option.

Other subjects for which evaluation would not be done through board exam, a separate performance-based report for each student would be prepared by each school. The entire mechanism of evaluation would be done to analyze the learning outcomes of students on annual basis. No in between pre-boards or practical evaluation will be there.

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