From the next academic session in 2018, students in Class 5 and 8 students studying in the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) board will have to face board examinations. However, there will be no pass-fail tags for them.

The process is being introduced as a periodical evaluation exercise so that they have an idea of the progress of how students are faring after a particular level. “There will be no pass or fail system. It will be conducted to check the IQ of the students and to find out a student’s ability to understand the subjects. The tests will also help us assess a teacher’s ability to teach. After conducting the tests, we will provide assessment reports to the students,” Council CEO Gerry Arathoon said.

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The answer papers of the students of class 5th and 8th from one school will be checked by teachers of another school just like evaluation is done in the final class 10 level examination. The question paper for both the classes will be decided by the board.

As per a report in The Indian Express, the tests will be held in four subjects — English, mathematics, science (including physics, chemistry and biology) and social studies (history, civics and geography).

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Addressing a press conference in Kolkata, Gerry Arathoon also said that the board will be introducing three subjects – Sanskrit, yoga and performing arts – as compulsory. While Yoga and performing arts are being compulsory between classes 1 and 8, Sanskrit will be taught from class 5th to 8th.

Though ICSE-affiliated schools till now have the freedom to decide the syllabus, it will be the board which will decide a uniform syllabus from nursery till class 10 from 2018.

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