The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations will introduce project work of 20 marks in the 100-mark ISC history and political science papers to ensure students learn the subjects beyond the textbooks.
“Students who will take admission in Class XI this year will be the first batch to do project work in history and political science in the ISC,” a council official said. “The project work scores will carry 20 per cent weightage and will be part of the total scores in the final exams of classes XI and XII.”
Six of the 20 marks in the project work will be reserved for viva voce. The oral examination, the official said, would be conducted by external examiners to ensure the students do the projects on their own.
Among the arts subjects, the Delhi-based council has already introduced project work in sociology and geography.
An expert pointed out that project work would lead to a deeper understanding of the subjects as the students would have to study various materials and gather and analyse information.
The expert cited the example of economics to explain what could be a project work topic. “In economics, a topic could be a comparative analysis of lending performances of banks. Students will have to collect data from banks on types of loan — personal, agricultural, car or home — and interest rates and prepare a report rating the performance of each bank,” the expert said.
Schools had long been requesting the council to introduce project work in arts subjects to make the subjects more interesting. School principals Metro spoke to said they were happy with the council’s decision as the project work would result in higher scores in the two subjects.
There are nearly 1,400 ISC schools in the country, of which 300 are in Bengal.