“CBSE-International”: Pilot project by CBSE in 27 schools to evolve international syllabus

image The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made Class X Board Examination optional in order to promote holistic development of students and lessen exam related stress.

Why such a move by CBSE?
This move by the board is due to the increase in the number of Indian schools adopting international curriculum through recognitions from foreign boards.
The international curriculum is a move in the direction of enabling the Indian students to meet the global requirements of learning. It is expected that such a curriculum will help the students who wish to go for undergraduate courses in foreign universities. This is supposed to be a pilot programme which will be extended to schools across the country after the feedback is obtained from these schools.

Schools with foreign affiliation has increased in India
In India, the numbers of schools which are affiliated to foreign boards have increased over the years. The foreign boards include International Baccalaureate and the Cambridge International Examinations. In India there are 64 schools which are affiliated to International Baccalaureate and about 200 schools which are affiliated to Cambridge system.
During the 1990s the number of schools following international curriculum in India were much less and numbered about less than 50. Now it has increased more than fivefold. Studying in such schools following international curriculum is very expensive. In such schools, the fee ranges from Rs 12 lakhs to Rs 20 lakhs per annum. Whereas in the case of CBSE schools that offer international curriculum, the fees will much lower as compared to the schools following foreign curriculum.

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