Under CBSE’s four-year plan to implement the international curriculum up to Class 12 in all schools, laptops will replace textbooks and intensive classroom interaction will replace traditional lectures.
“The curriculum was designed for children whose parents had transferable jobs outside India. Since such kids can’t switch education boards after every transfer, the global curriculum would prove to be a savior,” explained Ritu Dhingra, an education counselor in Gurgaon.
The curriculum essentially focuses on inter-disciplinary learning under which no subject can be learnt in isolation.
“Students get hands-on training as they are made to apply what they have studied to real life situations. The projects under life skills are designed in such a way,” said Anita Makkar, principal, DAV Public School.
Unlike the traditional course offered by the CBSE, the student-teacher ratio is 20:1 under the international version.
Moreover, parents are also kept in close contact with teachers. “There is a dedicated CBSE-i website where parents can use their login id to track classroom sessions and their child’s progress,” added Makkar.
Compared to the International Baccalaureate (IB), the CBSE-i is more suited to the Indian ethos and values as learning is based on local issues.
Education counselors, however, say that parents should research the pros and cons of the curriculum before taking a decision.