While principals of non-SSC boards — the government’s move to implement the SSC Best Five subjects policy, they are waiting to see how it will pan out for their own students.
Students from CBSE schools appear for exams in five subjects, and the average is calculated on the basis of marks obtained in all five papers. ICSE students appear for seven exams and the average is based on all seven.
Principals of ICSE schools are curious if the 'Best Five' scheme will apply to ICSE scores also. “It will definitely be a good thing to reduce the pressure on SSC students but we have to wait and see what this means for ICSE students,” said Paul Machado, principal of Campion school at Cooperage. “Will junior colleges also consider this Best Five policy for ICSE students as well? As of last year they were considering all seven.”
“It’s the best way out and the least harmful for our students,” said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School at Santacruz, a CBSE school “But variables like marking schemes and varying difficulty levels of question papers will always exist.”