Which School Board Is Best For My Child?
Giving our children the best education is one of the challenges that are concomitant with being a parent. And we all know that choosing the right education board for our kids takes up the top slot in the list of parenting dilemmas. Responsible and modern parents like us are grappled with several questions when it comes to ensuring the right education for their child.🥺
So here I bring to you the key differences and a detailed analysis of the most popular education boards in India along with some basic questions that pop up in every parents mind.
CBSE – Central Board of Secondary Education
1. Focus & Approach – More emphasis on the accumulation of knowledge, especially in maths and science
2. Teaching Method –Prescribed lists of textbooks and syllabi
3. Subjects -Pre-set combinations of subjects, grouped according to different streams.
4. Student- Teacher Ratio –1:40 (in most schools)
5. Fee Structure –Economical, as compared to other boards
6. Who is it ideal for –Students looking for a scoring board with a syllabus aligned to leading entrance exams like IIT, NEET, JEE ADVANCE.
ICSE – Indian School Certificate Examination
1. Focus & Approach -Equal weightage to humanities, commerce, and science. Slightly more focused on English.
2. Teaching Method -Detailed study. Focus on English Literature and English Language.
3. Subjects -Same patterns of streams, but more volume in the subjects.
4. Student- Teacher Ratio – 1:36 (in most schools)
5. Fee Structure -Higher, as compared to CBSE
6. Who is it ideal for – students looking for overall grooming and language skills development.
IGCSE- International General Certificate of Secondary Education
1. Focus & Approach -Equal weightage to humanities commerce, sciences, and languages.
2. Teaching Method – Objective-focused learning, focus on building Communication skills, Critical thinking, Collaboration, and Creativity
3. Subjects -Offers 6 different subject groups,students choose one from each.
4. Student- Teacher Ratio – 1:12/2:24 (in most schools)
5. Fee Structure -Highest, as compared to Indian boards
6. Who is it ideal for – students mostly aiming at foreign universities or looking for global skills development
Is it easy to switch education boards?
Shifting boards is not a problem, but that some stages in education are better than others for kids to make the move. There might not be a concern up to Grade 8. But post that (Grade 9 onwards), children may face difficulty in adjusting & adapting in a new board (as the approach of all 3 boards are different).
Which school board is the best for my child?
The best way to assess is to understand the child’s individual interest, aptitude and pace of learning. Also consider other factors like teacher training, school infrastructure, parental involvement, etc.
At the end of the day, children of all the boards may learn the same thing, but its HOW they learn that differs.
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