The ICSE council is considering a proposal by principals to reduce the environmental studies (EVS) syllabus at the Class X and Class XII levels.
The current system of awarding both marks and grades to students in the subject in the ICSE and ISC examinations is also being reconsidered. There is a proposal to award only grades.
The principals of schools affiliated to the council came up with the proposals at a national-level conference, recently held in Bangalore.
The heads of the schools complained that the existing EVS syllabus is too lengthy and a burden on the students.
We will not be able to immediately decide on the matter, as a Supreme Court order on the issue is pending. We will be in a position to decide on the revision of the EVS course after the Supreme Court passes its judgment, said Gerry Arathoon, the additional secretary and officiating chief executive and secretary of the council.
NCERT has appealed to the apex court, seeking a guideline on how it wants EVS to be taught in schools and how the students are to be tested.