The ICSE board will not announce the all-India topper of the Class 10 exams for this year on Tuesday afternoon, when the results will be declared.
The move to scrap the practice of announcing the toppers comes after the board received unfavourable feedback from schools about the practice. “There were problems, schools were not happy with the system,” said Gerry Arathoon, additional secretary and officiating chief executive of the board. “All boards have done away with it. The CBSE is not publishing the toppers, the Maharashtra state board is not, so we have decided as a policy not to do so.”
It is not clear for how long the ICSE board has been following the practice of announcing toppers, though Arathoon said they had been “publishing this for a few years”.
In 2010, the Maharashtra state education board scrapped the practice of announcing SSC and HSC toppers, as part of a move to reduce the pressure that students face. The CBSE on the other hand, has done away with the marking system for Class 10 altogether, replacing it with grades. The ICSE board will, however, publish the pass percentages of students across the country as usual, when the results are announced on Tuesday at 3pm. The ISC results will also be announced on Tuesday.
School principals have welcomed the move. “This is good. Ideally, the students should be concerned with their own results. Why should they compare themselves to others and develop a complex?” asked CR Pathak, principal, HVB Academy, Marine Lines.
For the past three years, the all-India ICSE topper has been from Mumbai.
Last year, a Lilavatibai Podar School student was the national topper with 98.8% in her Best Five subjects, which was the highest ever score achieved by an ICSE student.