Even though the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) pass percentages were slightly higher across the country compared to last year, the board believes that teaching standards have slipped.
The ICSE and ISC results were declared on Tuesday. In their feedback to the board, examiners across subjects from schools all over have reported a fall in teaching standards.
The board is now planning to look into the issue by providing additional teacher training and support.
“Examiners told us they felt teaching standards had slipped a little,” said Gerry Arathoon, additional secretary and officiating chief executive of the board. “This is an issue we will be taking up immediately. We want children to improve their performances and for that we need to prepare them well.”
The board conducts teacher-training programmes twice every year at its Kolkata office. It is now looking to strengthen teacher training at all levels, and is also open to sending resource persons to cities that specially request such sessions.
“We aren’t getting trained teachers. Some schools are not paying their teachers well. As a result, people are not coming into the teaching profession,” said Arathoon. “Even if you have qualified teachers, some of them join from other boards and need to know our system of teaching and evaluation.”
The board is also planning a revision in their guidelines for internal assessment. Students are marked on an internal assessment component in Class 10 that is worth 20 marks. This consists of project work or other assignments.
“We have to improve on this. Some schools are taking it lightly,” said Arathoon. “You find shops opening up to do students’ projects and people running a business out of it. Ideally, this should be done in school and within certain limits.”
This year, the all-India pass percentage was 98.61% at the ICSE exams and 97.24% at the ISC exams. In Maharashtra, the pass percentage was 99.93% at the ICSE exams and 99.02% at the ISC exams. There are 118 schools in Maharashtra, of which 69 are in Mumbai.