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Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Tintin & Asterix: ICSE’s New English Syllabus Is a Treat for Students!

Gone are the days when students used to face the constant dilemma of whether to read textbooks for the upcoming exams or to finish their beloved fantasy fiction books.

Thanks to the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination, students of ICSE schools will now reads books like Harry Potter, graphic novels of Asterix and Tintin, The Hobbit, Amar Chitra Katha, and Satyajit Ray’s Feluda in their English literature classes.

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The new curriculum was released at the 59th annual conference of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate (ISC) that took place in Lucknow. The step has been taken in an effort to add more contemporary literature to the school syllabi from the next academic year.

According to a report in The Economic Times, the syllabi for students of Class 3 to Class 8 will now include American cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust saga Maus, graphic novels of Asterix and Tintin, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, among other books.


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Biographies of APJ Abdul Kalam, Anne Frank and Malala Yousafzai will also be on the reading list. Classics in the syllabus will include the works of P G Wodehouse and Charles Dickens. Academic year 2017-18 will also see a uniform syllabus for all ICSE schools. Additionally, pre-primary students will be introduced to characters like Noddy.

“To prepare the future generation of learners to meet the challenges of an ever advancing knowledge-based society and a dynamically changing environment, it is imperative that children are equipped with a repertoire of skills and a positive attitude,” Gerry Arathoon, Chief of the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination, told The Economic Times.

Syllabi for subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics are currently under the process of modification. Mass media and communication will also be introduced in the syllabus as elective subjects for ICSE and ISC students.

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