There are three boards and approaches of learning being offered in the international schools of India such as ICSE and IGCSE boards and the third being an exploratory method of International Baccalaureate (IB). Each offers a unique advantage to the pupil. However, the question is can a school student obtain the best of all these 3 approaches of studying? It might seem complicated, but not impractical.
The India International School offers all the 3 three streams, the attempt is on making the student get benefitted from all the three streams. If a student opts for one board, s/he gets the advantage of the rest two boards as well through their unique approach and methodologies.
Principal of India International School, Latha J Sivalingam told that in the Indian setting, the studies are limited to textbooks, with having low scope to explore. However, the school have attempted to add in international teaching methods into the present Indian learning system.
Giving an example further she said that the CAS, is compulsory for IB students in their schools, while not for the those who have adopted ICSE board. However, while IB student’s picks up a social cause, the ICSE and IGCSE students are also made involved into it, so that a feeling of empathy could be fostered.
The British Council's International School Award projects witnessed IB and IGCSE students effectively and mutually working together.
Teacher of Subject SST, Anita Jasial informed that the teaching methodology is dissimilar in different boards and systems can conflict, still the exploratory method of learning of International Baccalaureate is highly beneficial for the ICSE students belonging to classes I - V.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is unlike ICSE system as it is a more relaxed exploratory form and this approach offers students take their time over grasping things. With time, one realizes that a slight time-bound work also help students to learn and grow overall. In addition, the school make use of visual aids and projectors/videos collected for varying topics for IB, while they are used to teach ICSE students as well. Overall three boards doing good to all the students by reflecting one’s advantage in another, informed, Anusuya V Panchagatti, Business Management teacher.