The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) wants its curriculum and syllabus to be second to none.
It has set up a committee to examine the syllabi offered by some of the best international boards like the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE).
Though the CBSE has about 11,000 schools in India and abroad affiliated to it, it is a mite worried by the fact that both the IB and the GCSE are attracting some of the recent reputed schools that have been started in India.
The IB has 64 affiliated schools in India, the GCSE about 200.
"Our committee is closely looking at the curriculum these boards lay down," said a committee member. "We'll then make a presentation on how the CBSE can improve."
But there are challenges. “The student-teacher ratio cannot be more than one to 20 if we have to focus on project work and application-based teaching of the sort international curricula require,” said Ritu Raheja, who teaches at a leading Chandigarh school.