The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has decided to instigate a new assessment system for the students of class V and VIII. On June 08, 2018, in a press conference, the Chief Executive and Secretary of CISCE, Gerry Arathoon announced the assessment system in Kolkata.
The new assessment has been introduced to check and test the IQ of the students. According to Arathoon, It will not be like the traditional examination system. In this process, CISCE will prepare the question papers for the students of class V and VIII and the students will have to answer those questions. There will be no system of pass or fail and the answer sheets will not be checked by the teachers of the respective schools. The copies will be sent to the different schools and there it will be evaluated.
The Secretary also mentioned that After the completion of the tests, the assessment reports will be generated which will reflect the ability of the students and will also denote the teacher’s ability to teach.
The assessment will be held twice for the students, once in class V and after that in class VIII. CISCE will conduct the test in class V to check the learning of the students which he/she has learned in preschool. Then in class VIII, it will indicate the knowledge of the students from class VI to VIII.
The tests will be held in four subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science (including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), and Social Studies (History, Civics, and Geography).
Gerry Arathoon continued the press meet by saying that the board is also planning to start mass media and communication for ICSE and ISC standards from the academic year of 2018-19. Further, he added that CISCE is also proposing to start performing arts from Classes I to VIII, Sanskrit from Classes V to VIII and Physical Education and Yoga from Classes I to VIII. He specified also that Sanskrit will be given as an option to the students. It will not be compulsory.
To understand this new curriculum, the teachers will undergo the training. In the first phase, the trainers will be identified from North, South, East, and West. These trainers will be the masters of the different subjects. These trainers teachers will get the training at the Council’s offices to be oriented about the manner to teach. It will be mandatory for all affiliated schools to send teachers for these training.
The Secretary also talked about the Digilocker facility. He said that to enjoy the benefits of Digilocker, it is mandatory for the students to link the account with the Adhar Card. To access the E-certificate and digital mark sheets, the students must have the Adhar Card.
Arathoon also informed that he has requested Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for a land in Rajarhat area to set up an office of the council for the training.