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Project fillip for ISC arts

- Schools welcome scoring fiat on history, political science

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 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 marks out of the 20 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 arts subjects, the 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 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.

There are nearly 1,400 ISC schools in the country. The cradles have long been requesting the council to introduce project work in arts subjects to make the subjects more interesting.

School teachers The Telegraph spoke to said that they were happy with the council’s decision since project work would result in higher scores in the two subjects.

“Arts papers are generally very lengthy and often cause disinterest among students. Project work will make the subjects interesting because it will require research and analysis. Curiosity aids the learning process,” said Ratnabali Sengupta who teaches political science at The Tagore Academy and history at JH Tarapore School, both in Jamshedpur.

The steel city has five cradles that offer arts in Plus Two. These are Loyola School, Sacred Heart Convent School and Kerala Public School (Kadma), besides The Tagore Academy and JH Tarapore.

Political science teacher at Sacred Heart Convent Ruma Banerjee harped on the marks bonus. “In subjects like political science and history, you had to write too much. Now, the project work will ease that burden and will be scoring at the same time.”

In Ranchi, the ISC arts subjects are offered only at Loreto Convent, Doranda, which was closed on Wednesday in the wake of a bandh by Kurmi organisations.