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The CBSE is set to offer its international curriculum in select schools, the move prompted by the increase in the number of schools affiliated to foreign boards. The curriculum will be introduced in 50 schools on a pilot basis to assess the demand. Such a syllabus is already being followed in a few CBSE-affiliated schools in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Singapore, Japan and Saudi Arabia. “The response to our international curriculum has been increasing in foreign countries. There seems to be a lot of interest among certain sections of parents in India that their children should study in international boards such as IB (International Baccalaureate) and Cambridge. Since our international curriculum has got a good response, we want to introduce it in India also,” CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi said. The number of schools affiliated to boards such as the Geneva-based IB and the UK’s Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) has increased significantly in recent years. The number of those affiliated to IB stands at 64.
Over 200 are affiliated to the Cambridge system. In the 1990s, there were less than 50 such schools. The annual fee in most of these schools is high ringed, from Rs 12 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. But Joshi said “the fees in schools offering the CBSE’s international curriculum will be much less, probably less than Rs 1.5 lakh. The CBSE has set up CBSE International, or CBSE-I, as its global front to which the schools in foreign countries like the UAE and Singapore are affiliated. They cater mostly to the Indian diaspora. The board’s global wing has established itself as an alternative to IB and CIE in these countries, Joshi said. The curriculum offered by CBSE-I is different from the regular CBSE course. The international syllabus gives a global perspective in subjects like social science. For example, the thrust is on world history and emerging global issues, such as climate change, new break through in science and international politics. In languages, there is greater flexibility with the students given the option to study English, their mother tongue, the local language or any of the foreign languages offered by the board. “We will examine what kind of response we get to the international curriculum. If it is good, it (the international curriculum) will be extended to more schools,” Joshi said. The study material will be available on the CBSE website, while the teachers will be given tips on imparting lessons, Joshi said. HRD minister Kapil Sibal launched the website of CBSE-I yesterday. He also unveiled the National Vocational Education Qualification Frame work, which seeks to implement a structured vocational education system in polytechnics and engineering colleges from this year. The vocational courses will include information technology, media, entertainment, telecom, automobiles, construction, retail, food processing, tourism, hotels, jewellery design and fashion design.
Courtesy: The Telegraph
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