Choosing the right board to ensure the expected quality education which further down the line would help transform into a flourishing career for the child is of tremendous importance.
In order to make the right choice in terms of the education boards, it requires a detailed and clear understanding of the different features and benefits offered by the different boards and align them with the interests and strengths of the child.
In India, there are four major education boards with their own unique curriculum, teaching methods, assessment criterias to assist a child’s overall development.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
With more than 20,000 schools in the country affiliated with the board, CBSE has a wide global presence. All Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Navodayas and most private schools of the country are affiliated with this board. The curriculum is compact and well-structured. NCERT textbooks are prescribed by the board but subjects are usually pre-determined at the higher Secondary level hence offering limited options.
Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations (SISCE- ICSE/ISC)
With more than 2,200 schools affiliated with the board, CISCE is a privately held national level board in India. The board basically follows the pattern of CBSE but the curriculum is more comprehensive and broad in comparison. At the higher secondary level, the subject selection options are more flexible hence providing the students with a number of options.
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
With more than 10,000 institutions in over 160 countries, Cambridge IGCSE is one of the largest and most well-known international educational boards. The board has an advanced curriculum, is recognized worldwide and at the higher secondary level, it offers a wide range of subject selection options hence making it one of the most flexible education boards in the country.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate is an international educational foundation with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The IB curriculum has no fixed textbooks but recommended readings aimed at offering an in-depth knowledge and experience and providing ample opportunities and flexibility in subjects of the students’ choice. The board is recognized by most international universities and it itself holds an NGO status by UNESCO.
But this is not all. There are a lot more to these boards than just their curriculums and subject offerings. More than the board itself, it rather is a question of which board will suit the needs of the child and their future career plan. No one board could be declared better than the other based simply off the facts. It is a matter of evaluating according to the needs and interests of the child after all information has been gathered regarding the same.
Career Spark is hosting a Webinar series on Education Boards and 21st Century Careers in a bid to try and provide more clarity to the students and parents alike.
Join the webinar to get a detailed and clearer understanding of the features and benefits of the different education boards in India to evaluate the right pick for you and your child.