The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has planned to discontinue its international curriculum (CBSE-i) from the 2017-18 academic session. The board issued a circular circulated to all the schools offering the curriculum, to shift the students to the main curriculum at the end of the current session. The international curriculum was introduced as a pilot project in 2010-11.
This decision is set to affect around 50 schools in India and 26 schools in the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and other Gulf countries that are offering this curriculum. The course was a less expensive and quality-oriented alternative to programmes such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education.
A notification issued by Mr MK Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Academic, Research and Training, in-charge read that the CBSE-i was facing problems because of the unavailability of the quality reading material of global standards.
As per the notification, the schools in India that are affiliated to CBSE and have an approval for the CBSE-i curriculum have been asked to scrap the curriculum from the 2017-18 session. The students currently in CBSE-i will be shifted to the main curriculum after being promoted to the next class. Schools not affiliated to CBSE but offering CBSE-i have also been asked to drop it. They can also seek regular CBSE affiliation and offer the main curriculum.
In Mumbai, the curriculum was offered by RN Podar School, Santacruz, for primary classes. The teachers said that they will move the children back to the main curriculum. Suman Samarth, the headmistress of the school said that luckily they were offering the curriculum only in the primary section. Therefore, it will not be too hard for students to adjust to the main curriculum.