The ICSE-ISC exam results are out and students of little-known schools in small towns and cities are holding their own with their counterparts from premier schools of the country.
“It is only natural that the good schools will have a good result. But this year we are happy to see that the not-so-well-known schools too are doing very well,” said Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, which conducts the ICSE and ISC exams. “We not only have toppers from small town schools, like one of the ICSE third rank holder from the St Paul’s School in Rourkela, but the overall result of the schools too have improved.”
The performance of these smaller schools is not surprising though.
“In order to ensure that the students have better understanding of their lessons and their answer scripts get properly evaluated, the council has been offering extensive training to the teachers of our affiliated schools,” he said. “And [the] result is the reflection of the countless training sessions organised by us.”
The training sessions ensured that teachers not only understood the syllabus but also had a better appreciation of the scope of the syllabus. “The scope of the syllabus explains what the child exactly needs to be taught and guides the teacher on how that should be implemented. The training sessions ensured that the teachers understood this.”
“Again just teaching well and ensuring that the students understood the topic is not enough unless they are evaluated properly. That too was taken care of,” Arathoon added.
The cumulative effect of such initiatives is visible as lesser-known schools in Kolkata such as St Joan’s School, The Aryans School, The Bhawanipur Gujrati Education Society School, National English School and St. Mary’s Convent School in Howrah are basking in glory this year.
Kavita Desai from Bhawanipur Gujrati Education Society School is the national third rank holder in ISC and the joint topper in Bengal.
“86 students appeared for ICSE from our school. The school topper got 95.4% and we have 10 students who scored above 90%. On an average, our students have secured 80% marks,” said Brij Bhushan Singh, who heads the secondary section of the school. “This year the result has been exceptional.”
Similar sentiments were expressed by students of Methodist School in Dankuni. “The topper of our school has secured 97.4% and is from humanities, the science topper has got 96% and on an average the ISC score has been 87%,” said Rahul Roy, a student. “I have got 86% and am happy with it.”