The number of International Baccalaureate (IB) affiliated schools in the city have more than doubled from 10 schools in 2007 to 23 schools in 2011.
The number of schools in the country stands at 80, taking it up to sixth spot in terms of the number of countries across the globe that have IB-affiliated schools. The IB is an international qualification offered by a Geneva-based organisation.
“Indian students recognise the importance of pursuing an international educational that reflects and encourages a broad knowledge base,” said Sebastien Barnard, regional communications and marketing manager, IB, via email. “The IB Diploma is valued by top universities around the world and in India.”
Across the country, the number of those appearing for the IB Class 12 exams has risen from less than 1,000 students in 2007 to nearly 1,800 students in 2011.
The IB programme is available in three parts: a primary years programme (PYP), a middle years programme (MYP) till Class 10 and the diploma programme (DP) at the plus two level.
The DP is the most popular, with 70 of the country’s 80 schools offering it. There are fewer takers for the PYP (25 schools) and MYP (8 schools). The growth in the DP has been the sharpest too, from 32 in 2007, to 70 now. “The diploma programme has grown the most because it’s got everything for the all-round development of a child,” said Vandana Lulla, principal of Podar International School in Santacruz. “Children get to pick different disciplines; it’s a very flexible course.”
An increasing number of schools are also signing up for the PYP. From less than 10 schools in the country offering PYP in 2007, to 25 in 2011, PYP has seen a steady growth.
“The PYP is an excellent programme but it’s expensive, so not everyone can forward it,” said Pinky Dalal, chairperson, SJBCN International School in Borivli.