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IB and IGCSE: Curriculums that represent New-Age India

If you wish to move abroad and/or do significant work at the international level, then IB and IGCSE might just be suitable for you.

Thanks to India opening up to the world and the progressive economies welcoming India with open arms, selecting a school curriculum that meets international standards has now become possible in India.

Let’s take a close look at IB and IGCSE boards to understand things further:

1.IB (International Baccalaureate): It has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Globally, this has a presence in about 3500 schools and has its presence established in 144 countries including India, US, UK, Australia.

Being an international board, applying to foreign universities is relatively easier as compared to the Indian established boards.

Advantage:
The advantages of selecting this board are; recognition by UNESCO, the Council of Europe. It is also the best option for Non-Residential Indians (NRI) and those who wish to move abroad. The curriculum tends to be based on application and experimentation and school infrastructure also tends to be top class.

Disadvantage:
The disadvantages of pursuing this curriculum are that the school fees are higher and that it has a presence only in metros and tier-1 cities in India. It is also difficult to shift to other boards and tuitions as well as related books are not easily available. Greater emphasis is given to world history as opposed to local history in the syllabus.

2.IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education): 
Cambridge Board: This curriculum has a presence in 120 countries including India, USA and the UK. Being an international board, applying to foreign universities is also relatively easier.

Advantage:
The advantages of pursuing this curriculum include focus on English and technical subjects, more advanced and variety of subjects as well as it being the best option for Non-Residential Indians (NRI’s) or those wanting to move abroad.
Disadvantage: The disadvantages include higher fees with a presence only in metros and tier 1 cities in India. It is also difficult to shift to other boards as well as the tuitions/books are not easily available. Also, there is a greater emphasis on world history as opposed to local history in the curriculum.

The International Boards focus on preparing the younger generation to become the future global citizens. So, if you wish to move abroad and/or do significant work at the international level, then IB and IGCSE might just be suitable for you.

                                                           

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CBSE, ICSE, SSC? What works well in India and doesn’t?

Keep factors such as your budget, value system and your child’s aptitude and interests before choosing a board.

Not too long ago, parents at a reputed school in the heart of Mumbai, staged a protest when the school management decided to switch from state board (SSC) to Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) for grades 1st to 5th and changed the name of the school by calling it an ‘international school’. School fees have also been hiked without parental consent. The Consultant appointed by the School Management cited the reason of ‘focusing on all round development of the children’. This school is the alma mater of renowned cricket players like Sachin Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar. But that didn’t stop the parents from complaining about the fee hike.

So, what are the different types of boards that exist in India and why are they viewed favourably in one context and viewed negatively in another situation? Let’s try and understand a little more about each of the boards and what are the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing the same:

1.SSC (State Board):    Each state has its own educational board and the curriculum is set by the state body. State language is compulsory if you choose to study in a school that follows the state board. 
Advantage:
The advantages of opting for this board are lower fees, thereby making it affordable for people coming from different socio-economic backgrounds, including the marginalized communities; less stressful, since the syllabus is relatively easier and the structure of the curriculum also allows you to focus on extracurricular activities like sports.

Disadvantage:
The disadvantages of selecting the SSC board include it not being favourable for parents with transferable jobs; whereas some schools in small towns and rural areas might also lack in basic amenities, apart from the fact that the curriculum entirely depends on state government policies.

2.ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education- also known as CISCE board):  This board was started by Anglo-Indian Community and has many Convent Schools affiliated to this Board. It has a presence not only in India, but also in UAE, Singapore and Indonesia.
Advantage:
The advantages of pursuing this board are wide curriculum as compared to the state board and more focus on language and literature, be it English or Hindi. There is also greater emphasis on practical knowledge and analytical skills.
Disadvantage:
The disadvantage of selecting this board is higher fees and a disadvantage when it comes to seeking admission in state universities due to fewer seats.

3.CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education):  The curriculum is set by NCERT that is National Council of Education Research and Training. All Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya as well as many private schools in the country are affiliated to this Board. This curriculum also has a presence in 25 countries including India, Malaysia and Dubai, Japan to name a few.

Major entrance examinations such as IIT-JEE and NEET are based on the CBSE curriculum.
Advantage:
The advantage of focusing on this curriculum is that there is a greater level of emphasis on Maths and Science and the syllabus is standardized across India. It is also favourable for parents with transferable jobs plus finding related books and tutors is easy.

Disadvantage:
The disadvantage of focusing on this curriculum is that the syllabus is vast and that the fees are high in some schools.

Fundamentals of all subjects are taught across all the boards. So, before deciding on which curriculum is suitable for your child, please make sure it suits your budget, your value system and your child’s aptitude and interests.

 

 

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