58th Annual Conference of CISCE. ASIS Group ICSE/ISC

On the 18th of September for three days, the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) held their 58th Annual Conference which was attended by our Technical Director, Paul McLachlan, and Principal, Rajendra Gohil.

Due to the way students are learning and the ease of access to information in the 21st Century, a lot was discussed where modern school was going and how the teacher’s roles are changing. Where before the student relied upon the teacher to provide the knowledge, this way is now obsolete as knowledge is widely available through the internet from so many sources. Therefore, what would be the school’s and teachers’ roles within this ever-changing 21st century.

A great speech was given by Syed Sultan Ahmed, founder of Edumedia and ex-student of the ICSE curriculum. He discussed how most schools will need to transform within the next 10 years as they are only catered for entrance into university, but so many students struggle with getting jobs after as they have not learned the core skills needed for vocations in the 21st Century at a school level.

Paul Sir and Rajendra Sir met the Microsoft Director, Sean Tierney, and discussed what is new on the market and what Microsoft is offering schools in India.

The meeting saw a lot of innovative ideas come to the surface and concluded that after 2018, CISCE will be following the same board pattern as CBSE, so students have a level platform in competing for university and college places. The relation between JEE and competitive examinations will be added more to the board syllabus, so students will have more exposure to the entrance examinations. This is, of course, something that our schools are already offering to all 11th and 12th students of Science.

The most important part of the meet was the general conclusion of education has to change. The old ways of chalk and talk are slowly dissolving, as practical application, presentation, collaboration, and innovation become essential factors to preparing students for jobs of the future which we yet know very little about.