4 February 2020 | Source: Oswaal Editorial Board
According to reports of The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, the annual exams of classes IX and XI in schools affiliated to it “are not board examinations”.
The decision to set questions for the two exams by the council was aimed at familiarising the students with the question pattern for their Class X and XII board exams.
A circular issued by the council to all ICSE and ISC schools last week read: “The Council has always prided itself of being a child-friendly board, would like to clarify and reiterate firstly that Classes IX and XI Annual Examinations to be held in February 2020 are NOT Board Examinations.”
A large section of students, teachers and parents had expressed the fear that the council, by introducing a common set of questions for classes IX and XI, was planning to test the students of these two classes.
Officials said the council had come out with the circular to allay such fears.
“To help students get acquainted and familiarised with the correct pattern, format and type of question papers for the Board Examination, thereby assisting in reducing the stress while handling these subjects at the Board level…. To ensure proper preparedness and completion of the syllabuses in both Classes IX and XI….. To help maintain uniformity in all affiliated schools across India and abroad,” the circular says.
The annual exams for classes IX and XI are to start on February 10.