July 27: The ICSE council will meet the heads of the 400-odd schools in Bengal affiliated to it on July 31 to discuss measures to ensure "absolute clarity" on plans to introduce board exams in classes V and VIII.
The meeting, to be addressed by Gerry Arathoon, the chief executive and secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, will also discuss the proposed common school curriculum to be followed from pre-school to Class VIII.
Teachers and the heads of several schools as well as parents are opposed to subjecting the students of classes V and VIII to the stress of board exams.
Schools run by Christian missionaries are leading the protest against the council's move.
The council's letter, addressed to the heads of the Bengal schools, reads: "The council has decided to hold a special meeting of the heads of schools of the West Bengal region in Calcutta to dispel such distortions and to present the facts correctly and with absolute clarity."
Earlier this month, the council had written to the school heads clarifying that the proposed tests for classes V and VIII would not add to the burden the young learners were subjected to as the results would not determine whether a student would be promoted or not.