cbse iThe Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has decided to discontinue its international curriculum, better known as CBSE-i, from the 2017-18 academic session. Those enrolled for this curriculum have been shifted to the main curriculum in their new class.

A circular was issued by the board early this year addressing all the schools offering this curriculum. It directed the schools to move all their students under CBSE-i curriculum to the main curriculum at the end of the current academic session that is 2016-17.

This has impacted near about 50 schools in the country and 26 schools following this curriculum in Japan, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Singapore and other Gulf countries. CBSE’s international curriculum, initiated as a pilot project in the year 2010-11, was a cost-effective and quality driven alternative to programs such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education.

Joint secretary, academic, research and training in-charge, MK Srivastava reportedly stated that this particular curriculum was facing issues due to the non-availability of good quality study material – one that met global standards. “The matter of continuity of the curriculum was taken up for a detailed discussion in the meeting of the curriculum committee held in December, 2016…and the governing body. It was resolved to have a comprehensive review of the curriculum by a government consultancy organisation”, reads the notification issued by Srivastava.

Those schools that are not affiliated to CBSE but are still offering CBSE-i have also been directed to discontinue with it. These schools can go for regular CBSE affiliation and offer main curriculum.

Giving their views on the discontinuation of the international curriculum, Suman Samarth, the headmistress of RN Podar School, Santacruz, Mumbai stated, “Luckily, we were offering it only in the primary section. So it will not be too hard for students to adjust to the main curriculum”.

Talking about the same, Sandhya Awasthi, the principal of Salwan Public School, Gurgaon, said, “I understand that there will be a ‘comprehensive review of the pilot project’ on account of reasons mentioned like availability of quality reading material of global standard etc. The decision makes sense to me. I support the Board in this endeavour. As far as Salwan, Gurgaon, is concerned, we will ensure that the best teaching practices are made available to our students.”

Aparna Erry, principal, DAV Public School, on the other hand, has shown discontent on the matter. “I am not happy it has been removed. We learned new technique of teaching and will use it in imparting lessons to children. In the age of globalisation, the need of the hour is dynamism in education”, she stated.

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