Which is a better, CBSE or ICSE board, IB or IGCSE? These are just a few of widely accepted boards across the country. Let’s learn in details what and how they can help our kids bright future.
- My daughter is in upper Kindergarten, which board will be better for her in future?
- My son has keen interest in ‘what goes in this’, he breaks and re-makes the toys? Think he would be in engineer, should I go for CBSE?
- I have planned foreign education for my daughter, think IGCSE or IB will be a better choice. What say?
I have been asked these questions on social media and by friends. An ever lasting confusion in every parent’s mind. Which educational board is better for my child? In this post we will discuss each board in details.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE Board)
One of the most popular and easily accessible board of the country. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is controlled and managed by Union Government of India. With huge number of CBSE affiliated schools in India, the board also has its global presence across 21 countries. I am educated from CBSE board school, and so is my husband. It gives a huge leverage while preparing for entrance exams and competitive studies.
This is most preferred board for secondary and senior secondary level of education, due to it’s easy acceptability and vast network. Now, another important feature of CBSE is, that it is also recognized by the NCERT – National Council of Educational Research and Training. Which is again a government accredited society, responsible for centralizing the school education system in India.
Teaching methodology is robust, emphasizing more on logical reasoning and competitiveness. Math and Science are focal areas in CBSE education system, while books are illustrative and easy to understand. Accepts both the languages – English and Hindi as medium of instructions. The curriculum and books are followed as per NCERT guidelines. CBSE board also accepts private candidates from non-affiliated schools or home-schools.
Class 10th and 12th examinations are conducted by CBSE in concurrence with NCERT guidelines. As this is government recognized board, the certificates holds great significance and weight-age for future references.
Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE)
ICSE board is a national level board of school education in India, but is a private body. A venture of Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations. However it holds same importance and relevance in terms of certification as CBSE. This council board has a vast history, and is widely accepted across India.
Over the years, ICSE board has adopted many reforms and changes from NCERT. The area of emphasis here is quite vast, as compared to CBSE. An equal importance is given to all streams and subjects, making it subjective and analytical at the same point. Hence, a vast area to cover for the students.
ICSE, does not accept Hindi as a medium of instructions. English language is given high importance, thus making it compulsory and solid base of medium.
ICSE conducts three examinations – Class X, Class XII, and the Certificate of Vocational Education (CVE – Year 12). The certificates and its validation is accepted across globe.
Apart from there two nationally known and accepted educational boards in India, a few new entrants are also gaining popularity recently. IGCSE and IB boards.
IB or International Baccalaureate is an educational program offered by a no-profit organization, headquartered in Geneva. It is highly practical and application based educational program, with a broader perspective.
This is a well recognized worldwide program and offers a wide range of options unlike CBSE or ICSE. IB offers three educational programs –
- Primary Years Program – Kindergarten to class 5th. (also read what is Montessori method of learning.)
- Middle Years Program – Class 6th to class 10th.
- The Diploma Program – Class 11th and class 12th.
IGCSE Board of Education
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a globally recognized educational program, taken at the Class 10 level. It is a two-year program starting at the Class 9 level. Any student who has done an early schooling from either of CBSE or ICSE board can join the IGCSE program at the Class 9 level. The program is very dynamic and demand high standards of learning and adaptability. IB and IGCSE are often considered as premium forms of educational boards in India and are expensive as compared to Cbse or Icse boards.
State Boards – SSC
Specific to each state, state boards follow separate pedagogy and ranking systems. The syllabus and curriculum is designed keeping state’s history and relevance in mind. The grading system and examination is almost same like that of CBSE or ICSE boards.
CBSE or ICSE Board which is a better option?
This is the most trickiest part on the whole post, which is a better board – CBSE or ICSE? There is no specific answer to this question. It all boils down to child’s personal learning abilities, areas of interest, and ease to understanding. Many schools today also offer a set up following no-board culture up to 4th grade. Parents and children then sit, counsel and decide the inclination based of child’s capabilities.
Again, we should not pressurize children to pick up a specific board against their own liking. Each board has its positives and negatives, we have to reason out each carefully and make a choice while keeping child’s interest as main focus.
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