Ever hid your comics or favorite book under the desk during school ? Well students will no more have to hide them. You ask why ? In a recent disclosure The Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has decided to include popular books like JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series for junior and middle school students as part of their English Literature syllabus starting from the academic year 2017-18, according to a Times Of India report.
Furthermore graphic novels like Amar Chitra Katha, Tintin, Asterix comics and Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus‘ will be a part of the syllabus from class 3 to class 8, says a report by The Economic Times. Satyajit Ray’s Feluda, Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes will also feature in the new syllabus, along with JRR Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’, PG Wodehouse and Charles Dickens’ classics. A string of autobiographies of Anne Frank, Malala Yusufazai, APJ Abdul Kalam are also some new additions, with Enid Blyton’s Noddy series, for the lower classes.
How can the netizens not react to something this big ? Its not a small deal after all for the ones who already passed out of school!
Sujatha Nair, an English teacher at an ICSE school in Mumbai says “This is a good idea. Having these books as a part of the syllabus would ensure that children will be able to connect with what is being taught, a lot more than they did with ‘serious’ and abridged Shakespeare. I think that children are reading less than before today because they don’t find immediate value in what they read in school anymore and this move will help them cultivate a reading habit, which is what ultimately matters.”
CISCE chief executive and secretary, Gerry Arathoon, was quoted by the newspaper as saying: “Earlier, we were preparing curriculum for class IX till XII. But now with having our own syllabus right from pre-school will ultimately help students to prepare for ICSE examinations in a better way. Now, students will be capable of working towards the board examinations much before.”
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