The battle of boards; how to make the right choice
While traditionally most school students in India have studied under the aegis of CBSE, ICSE or various state boards, lately we see a sizeable presence of IGCSE and IB programs offered by International Boards. If you are making the choice of a school for your child, the choice of the board will be an important determinant. If you find the choice overwhelming, here is information that will come in handy.
Before we get into the relative merits of each of these boards, let us deep dive into what these newer boards are.
IGCSE & IB Boards
IGCSE has been established by the University of Cambridge International examinations. It is well recognized worldwide for its emphasis on student-centric education. Essentially, it is taught as a two-year course for students in Grades 9 and 10. Some of the different assessment methods used include:
Post IGCSE, students have the option to go for A/AS levels or IBDP
The IB programs were founded by The International Baccalaureate Organization, a non-profit educational organization, headquartered in Geneva. It runs three programs:
Relative Merits of each board
While all the boards both offer quality education, the major point of difference lies in their overall approach & pedagogy. To begin with, it is important to know that IB defines strict infrastructure requirements and teaching methodology. What this means is that IB is a more “standard product” and there are fewer variations between two schools. CBSE, Cambridge, on the other hand are largely examination boards and define minimum infrastructure requirements and teacher student ratios. These boards do not enforce teaching methodology, making it largely school dependent. So, choice of school becomes extremely important. Let us look at some of the unique features of each board in some detail:
So go ahead and make the right choice that works for your ward. Irrespective of the board, of course, it is the sincere work put in by the child that will be the biggest marker of success!