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Heyyy..can anyone tell me which one is better for the child...ICSE, IG, IB, CBSE



Simran Makkar

ISCE is better because english grammer and discipline is far better in these schools.

Sweta Nagubandi

Depends!
CBSE - Less pressure on a child n parent. Easy to cope
ICSE - Tough n lots of pressure in both child n parent

Sweta Nagubandi

Had saved this when I had to decide for my daughter.. hope this helps. .
CBSE vs ICSE vs IGCSE vs IB vs State Curriculum

Today, children have more choices in education in picking a curriculum. However it can be a little confusing as to which curriculum is right for your child, as there is no ‘one size fits all’. Picking a curriculum would depend on many factors :what aspirations you and your child have- If going abroad for college education is a goal; If you have a job that requires you to relocate constantly- locally or globally ; If your child has  more varied  interests like art and music, rather than simple basics; And of course the affordability factor. The following are some of the salient points of each curriculum.

1. CBSE (Central Board for Secondary Education)

Pros:

Widely available schools under this curriculumStandardized textbooks (NCERT textbooks)The curriculum standard is in-line with most college entrance examsAllows private candidates and those from non-affiliated schools to appear for the examsLarger focus on maths and science and less on languageFavoured by those who constantly relocate within India and seek a standardized curriculumFavoured by those who want to go into the traditional routes of Engineering/medical

Cons:

Lesser number of subjects compared to ICSEMore theoretical approachFocus is mainly on maths and scienceYou pick a stream, instead of individual subjects in 11th and 12th  such as Science, Commerce, Arts  etc

Click here for an in-depth understanding of CBSE

2. ICSE (Indian Certificate for Secondary Education)

Pros:

Can follow any textbook of their choiceDoes not permit candidates from a non-affiliated school to appear for the examEqual focus on Language, Art and ScienceOffers a larger variety of subjects to choose fromFavoured by those who are interested in more applied knowledge rather than rote learning

Cons:

Greater focus on practical learning than CBSE , but not as much as IB or IGCSECurriculum considered to be tougher and more vast than CBSEMore number of subjects compared to CBSE

Sweta Nagubandi

3. IB (International Baccalaureate)

Pros:

The international Baccalaureate curriculum is popular worldwideIt has 3 sections, the PYP (Primary years program- KG to 5th std), MYP (Middle years program –Std 6-10) and the DYP(Diploma years program, Std 11 and 12)IB has no prescribed textbooks and a lot of freedom in learningFocus of curriculum is on Analytical skills, language, arts and humanitiesThe focus is more on applied knowledge instead of rote learningThe DP core consists of Extended essay , creative/action/service  project and theory of knowledgeAt the DYP Level, students can pick a subject each from 6 groups and the DP coreUsually favoured by those who want to send their children abroad for undergraduation or students of parents who will be relocating globally

Cons:

A new entrant in the Indian educational sceneNot aligned to local entrance exam contentMore expensive than CBSE and ICSE schoolsDifficult to find private tutors for extra coachingPrivate students cannot take the exams

A good night’s sleep is absolutely essential for your kid to perform well in any curriculum andhere are a few bedtime books that will ensure that.

4. IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

Pros:

International curriculum for Class 9 and 10It’s the precursor to the IB curriculum in many international schools for 11 and 12Larger choice of subjectsAssessments include written and oral examsApplication oriented curriculumThere are core subjects which everyone has to pick and then 5 groups of subjects from which one has to be picked ( Maths group, Language group etc )Ideal for students whose parents tend to relocate globally or students who plan to pursue undergraduation abroad.

Cons:

Difficult to find private tutors who coach in this curriculumMore expensive than CBSE and ICSE schools

Preetjyot Kaur(mylittlemuffin)

though I have enrolled my daughter in ICSE ...the debate is still on at my place...coz I have studied in case n feel I had less pressure ... and mostly I want to switch coz my husband has a job where he may get transferred to places...n CBSE is easily available all over

Priya Sood

welcome dhara. good to see you here. do avail our welcome gift for first 3 reviews

Priya Sood

at beginning i went for a school that was close by and had a mixed curriculum till 4th standard. deciding which board is a big decision. good content shared already. im open right now as my kid is too young. i liked the creativity in IB but relevance in icsce.

Cecilia Phatarpekar

hi.. you gave to decide whether you only theoretical or practice learning for your kid... If you are sure you are moving abroad or planning to send your kid aboard for higher studies then can opt for IB

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