Education can be fun, atleast for ICSE school students who can now study Harry Potter and Tintin as characters.
According to a report in The Times of India, the Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has prescribed some of the most popular books like Harry Potter for junior and middle-school students while laying down a uniform syllabus for all schools to follow from the 2017-18 session.
Besides Potter and Tintin, the curriculum will include popular graphic novels such as Amar Chitra Katha and Asterix and the American cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust saga ‘Maus’ for Classes from 3 to 8.
Kids will also read about Feluda, Poirot and Holmes and read about Bilbo Baggins in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The students will also get a chance to study autobiographies of known people like APJ Abdul Kalam.
There is something for Classes 1 and 2 children also. They will get their fill of Noddy with lots of illustration.
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CISCE chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon said on Wednesday that if some schools fail to introduce the recommended texts in the coming academic session, they would be granted a year’s extension.
As per the proposed curriculum, nursery students must spend 800 instructional hours per year in school. Similarly, students from Classes 1 to 5 must receive 900 hours of instruction every year in school and those in classes 6 to 8, 1000 hours of instruction respectively.