School Boards Compete for Better Academics
schools are switching from Secondary School
Certificate (SSC) to Indian Certificate of Secondary
Education (ICSE), citing “excessive meddling” by the
state’s education department as the reason.
Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is offering new
subjects and courses for its students and also
promising ‘no bag and no homework’ to primary
students. ICSE, too, has been making similar
announcements over the last few years.
TNN spoke to
academicians and educationists to compare the three
boards on various parameters.
Most academicians believe the SSC
board syllabus is ‘textbook oriented,’ while ICSE
has a “wider outlook for all-round development of
students,” Nandita Jhaveri, Vice-Principal of New
Era High School says the ICSE curriculum has more
practical application than both, CBSE and SSC.
Educationist Kavita Anand adds schools affiliated to
ICSE have the liberty to choose from the large
variety of books and authors available in the market
for their students, whereas CBSE and SSC schools
have to stick to books issued by the board.
Quality / Relevance of
SSC text books have remained
unchanged over several years, whereas ICSE books are
more relevant to contemporary times, say school
principals. CBSE updates text books every year as
part of its ‘frontline curriculum,’ : 10 per cent of
irrelevant or outdated material is replaced with
more pertinent matter, says Vrinda Malse, principal
Naval Public School.
Exams and evaluation:
“In ICSE, students are evaluated in a variety of
ways across the year. For instance, 20 marks are
allotted for project work,” says Jhaveri. SSC still
encourages rote learning and the test papers are
essentially based on textbooks. Thus, qualitative
evaluation of children as done by ICSE and to some
extent by CBSE, is not possible with SSC, says
Ramakant Pandey, Principal of Bansidhar Agarwal
School. ICSE also scores on popularity charts among
educationists, as it encourages students to do
research and “get into the habit of finding out and
not just learning”.
CBSE has a well-networked state and
national-level sports activity set, according to
Malse. While SSC schools can not recruit teachers
for such activities, ICSE gives a free hand to
schools to recruit trained teachers.
Courtesy : Times of India