Information technology-based solutions to be adopted
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the private, non-governmental board of school education which conducts Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC), is exploring ways to advance the date of announcement of results, according to C.M. Jose Aikara, chairman of the CISCE Schools.
He was addressing an academic festival organised in the city on Saturday by Yellow Train School, a nursery which had now launched a school for grades 1 to 5. It has adopted the ICSE and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum and would commence from the academic year 2013-14.
Responding to a question that results of this board were sometimes behind other boards which was causing difficulties in college admission, Dr. Jose informed that the Council was trying to adopt information technology-based solutions for advancing the result announcement.
However, he added that it was still in an early stage and that the Council was unable to make any firm announcements just yet.
Delivering a lecture on ‘Salient Features of ICSE Board,’ he noted that it was followed by over 2,000 schools in India and abroad, very few of which were government schools.
Students of this board do not have to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) as ICSE Board had been accorded recognition by the U.K. Government.
Last year, the board had a pass percentage of 98.6 across India with the students who failed most likely to have not completed their tests.
Speaking later, Senthil G., Director (Human Resources), Microsoft India, said that schools had an important role in shaping students to realise their potential.
Besides imbibing ‘adaptability’ and ‘learnability,’ students must also know how to collaborate amidst competion and have value.
Citing a study by Economic Modelling Specialists International (EMSI), he said that in 2013, software developers would be the most needed with job growth being the highest in this sector, followed by accountants/ auditors and marketing research analysts/marketing specialists. Santhya Vikram, Director, Yellow Train Center for Learning, said that this board offered the schools complete freedom to set the curriculum for Standards I to VIII.