Those wondering just how students who appeared for their Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) exams and Indian School Certificate (ISC) exams managed to secure such unusually high percentages this year, the secret may lie in practical subjects offered by the Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).
Along with tough subjects like mathematics and science, several students have secured full marks in subjects such as yoga, physical education, cookery, environmental studies, home science, commercial application, dance, computer application, among others.
These are skill-based subjects relying heavily on practical work, in which students have the potential to score high.
“We saw lots of students scoring a perfect 100 in these subjects,” said Benaifer Kutar, principal, JB Petit School, Fort. The school had students scoring 100/100 in environmental studies and 99 in yoga.
The council also gives students a choice to select six to seven subjects, and many students choose all seven.
Those subjects in which they score highest are counted in their results.
“This drives them to work harder,” said Kutar. “Our national topper, Avisha Shah, who stood third, had also chosen seven subjects.” Shah who secured 98.8% in ICSE exams, had secured 99 in yoga.
Similarly, Nureen Fernandes, principal, Lilavatibai Podar School, Santacruz, said that the subject of cookery helped boost students’ scores in their school. “The cookery subject is very popular in our school, we had 300 students opting for it,” said Fernandes.
Even subjects like technical drawing and computer application earned students perfect 100s.
“There is a huge demand for these subjects and students opt for them as they help them get big scores,” said Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the council.
Seema Buch, principal, Gundecha Education Academy, Kandivli, said that even in her school, several students scored in the 90s in these subjects.
“We had some scoring 100 in computer application, and quite a few in 90s in other skillbased subjects,” said Buch. The school’s highest was 98%, higher than last year’s 97.6%.