Gone are the days when an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree was the only global curriculum offered in the Millennium City. With the launch of CBSE-i in three Gurgaon schools a month ago, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made accessible a modern learning programme on the lines of the course offered by the Geneva-based international education foundation.
And the response to the newfound diversity has been positive. At the start of this academic year, nearly 40% students in DAV Public School, Suncity World School and Salwan Public School opted for CBSE-i.
“CBSE-i was implemented last month for Class 1 to 3. A total of 400 students have enrolled for the international program,” said Anita Makkar, principal, DAV Public School.
Similarly, 81 students will be pursuing the course in Salwan Public School has nearly 600 at Suncity School.
Launched as a pilot project in 2010, 13 schools across Delhi-NCR were invited by the CBSE to adopt the new curriculum out of 50 schools across India. According to the CBSE, the international curriculum will be launched in all affiliated schools till Class 12 in a phased manner.
The thought behind adopting this curriculum, schools say, is the need for providing global exposure to Indian students, thereby matching international standards of education.
“In the age of globalization, the need of the hour is dynamism in education,” said Rupa Chakravaty, principal, Suncity School in Sector 54.
These schools were part of curriculum designing since the project’s inception. “It involved intensive counseling for both students and parents. We conducted a briefing for parents of kindergarten, Class 1 and 2 first,” said Savinder Kaur, headmistress of Salwan Public School.
These counseling sessions were a platform to answer queries from parents and students — Why has this curriculum been introduced? Is CBSE-i better than the regular course? How expensive is it? How will students be graded? Has it been introduced to compete with IB?
“Most parents wanted to know if CBSE-i was better than the regular course. Though the international course is tougher since it involves a lot of practical work, the two are at par. Only the teaching methodology differs,” added Makkar.
Next year, more Gurgaon schools are expected to adopt CBSE-i and many have already begun the process.
“We have gone through the initial inspection and received an approval from the board. Next year, we will offer CBSE-i too. We will start counseling sessions for parents soon,” said Kaye Jacob, associate director, Heritage Group of Schools.