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Class 10 IB students can now pursue board of their choice

Students who complete Class 10 from schools affiliated to the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) will now find it easier to transfer to any Indian national or state board in Class 11. Bhavya Dore reports.

mumbai Updated: Jan 19, 2013 01:30 IST
Bhavya Dore

Students who complete Class 10 from schools affiliated to the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) will now find it easier to transfer to any Indian national or state board in Class 11.

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has issued a letter to the IBO saying it will issue equivalence certificates to all students finishing Class 10 under the IBO’s Middle Years Programme (MYP).

Until now, equivalence certificates were granted only on requests, but the blanket statement, sent about ten days ago, formalises the arrangement.

There are more than 80 IB affiliated schools in the country, of which 11 offer the Middle Years Programme, which is the Class 10 equivalent.

The IBO is a Geneva-based organisation that also offers the Primary Years Programme and the IB Diploma (Class 12) qualification.

“This agreement formalises what has been happening for years,” said Ian Chambers, regional director, Asia Pacific, via email.

“Students completing the MYP were admitted to Class 11 on a request basis. The AIU and IB agreed it would benefit students to have an encompassing statement.”

Students finishing Class 10 from international boards have previously faced problems re-entering the Indian education system.

The new development might enthuse schools to offer the MYP now. “They need to make sure the education department here and the state government are aware of the equivalence,” said Vandana Lulla, principal of Podar International School in Santacruz.

“Now schools and parents may think differently about the programme which earlier didn’t have any Class 10 exams.

The number of students appearing for the IB Class 12 exams has been growing over the past few years, as have the number of schools affiliating to the IBO.