The Jain International School is soon going to offer CBSE-i curriculum in Nagpur, and this would be the-first- of- its- kind in the city. Nagpur is possibly the only Tier II city which already has all the major school boards. The city has schools affiliated to ICSE, CBSE and IB. The city has also an IGCSE board school which started in the last academic session. This 2015-16 academic session onwards Nagpur is going to see CBSE-i Curriculum School as well.
Principal of the school, Anmol Badjatia proudly said, “There are only 80 schools in India which have been given permission to start the CBSE-i curriculum and ours is the only one in entire Vidarbha. This curriculum offers the best of both worlds-of CBSE and international boards. CBSE-i is 70% local and 30% global which will offer the perfect balanced academic platform.”
The recently launched curriculum has out of the box approach towards academics and their primary section consists of ideas that certainly are quite different from what we have seen from ages. The primary section of this curriculum (For Class I and II), it doesn’t have grades but emoticons to evaluate the copies of students. Badjatia further added, “So there is a smiley, another one with a lesser degree of smile and then finally no smile. From Class III onwards we do have exams but they are again a complete evaluation system with four formative and two summative assessments. It is a very different concept. There are no books till Class V as all the teaching material is available online to us. Yes, there will be printed manuals for parents, so that they are aware of what is going on in school.”
CBSE-i is one such curriculum which establishes a balance between international style and Indian style of curriculum. Badjatia further added, “Books start from Class VI which helps students gear up for the traditional system. Also this curriculum will help students when they appear for medical and engineering entrance exams. This was an issue with the other international boards because students were not prepared for this change.”
Director of the school, Anuj Badjate said, “It is often reported in the media that only 20% of our students are employable. So it is important that we provide vocational skills to students right from the school level. CBSE-i has included in its curriculum subjects like life skills, perspectives which will provide an overall growth of a student.”