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ICSE syllabus now includes Harry Potter, TinTin, Asterix

"I remember reading Asterix and Tintin when I was growing up. I used to read my comics in class, I would keep them inside my regular school books. I have even been thrown out of class for it. So I am glad my daughter will now get to read it officially,” a parent said.
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The Council of Indian School Certificate Examination that conducts ICSE and ISC exams has announced inclusion of excerpts from Harry Potter books, Agatha Christie’s novels as well as comics like Asterix and Tintin in the syllabus of classes III to VIII. The new syllabus has been highly appreciated by all ICSE-affiliated schools, teachers, students and parents.

Reportedly, the decision of the board to incorporate contemporary literature which also includes works like ‘The Hobbit’, Satyajit Ray’s Feluda series and cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s Holocaust saga ‘Maus’, has been welcomed by the schools who feel that it might inculcate better reading habits in the students.

Speaking to Times of India students said that it would be ‘fun’ to study their favourite books in school as well.  student of class 5th told TOI, “This is really great news because I am a big Harry Potter fan but don’t get time to read at home and now I will be able to read it even in school where no one will be able to check me for doing so.”

On the other hand, parents are also excited with inclusion of comics and books, some of which have been their reading partner since childhood. “I remember reading Asterix and Tintin when I was growing up. I used to read my comics in class, I would keep them inside my regular school books. I have even been thrown out of class for it. So I am glad my daughter will now get to read it officially,” said a parent of second standard student told Indian Express.

However, Principal of a school felt that it might overburden the students who already have a lot on their plates. “Undoubtedly it will help in nurturing the imagination of the children as well as make these book accessible for everyone but the only flipside to this addition is that now the students have an extra thing which they will be tested on,” TOI quoted a Principal as saying.

Ex-students of ICSE had different things to say on twitter.

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