Students taking the ICSE and ISC board exams in 2011 can expect to their results to be declared earlier than usual.
“This year  we hope to declare the results earlier than usual,” said ICSE board’s officiating chief executive Gerry Arathoon while speaking at a conference of ICSE school principals in the city on Friday. Every year, the results are usually announced in the third week of May.
Though Arathoon refused to give a date for announcing the results, he said that the board’s newly adopted centralised marking system would help “speed up as a result.” The board implemented the centralised marking system across 153 schools this year. The system required school teachers from neighbouring schools to correct the papers together at a designated school instead of taking them home for correction.
Arathoon also strongly urged schools to register their teachers as examiners as the board faced a severe shortfall in examiners this year. There was a shortfall of 744 ICSE exam paper checkers and of 259 ISC examiners, resulting in the enlisted examiners facing a far greater burden.
“The Council has taken a serious view of this and all schools will have to nominate examiners for all subjects in proportion to the number of students taking the exam, failing which, a penalty will be imposed on the defaulting schools,” said Arathoon.
He added that for the first time next year all exams in Arts subjects for the ISC students would be three hours long. Arathoon also summarised the changes to the syllabus in the ICSE and ISC for the 2013 exam, with the removal of environmental education as a separate subject and the adoption of the common Maths and Science syllabus for the plus two-level across boards.
“This was to remove the mindset that CBSE prepares students for competitive exams as a result of which our students were leaving to join CBSE schools,” said Arathoon.