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How to choose the right board for your child? (CBSE/ICSE/IB/IGSCE)

Nitin Pandey, Education Expert and Founder - Parentune.com


Jan 08, 2016 | 1 : 00 PM to 2 : 00 PM

Choosing the board most suitable for your child can be a very difficult decision. Should you go for the international boards or stick to the good old CBSE/ICSE. Register for a live chat with our education expert who will give you everything that you would want to know about all the different boards and which one is the best suited for your child?
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Hello Sir .. My Son now he is 1.5yrs old. We live in Chennai Pallikaranai locality. Wanted to kno....

Hello Sir .. My Son now he is 1.5yrs old. We live in Chennai Pallikaranai locality. Wanted to know which board is the best for him CBSE/ICSE/IGCSE/IB? Also wanted to know in detail all the pros and cons in all the board.Please advice. Thanks.

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Hi sundari! 2016-01-08 13:00:44
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Considering that your child's 1.5 years now, you would be evaluating a preschool for him. 2016-01-08 13:02:31
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Preschool is board agnostic and is not as such of any education board. Schools follow the education baords. 2016-01-08 13:04:12
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Each of the boards have their pros and cons. 2016-01-08 13:05:20
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You would need to evaluate between boards when your child is age-eligible for schooling,but i could still share the key differences between boards with you here and also suggest one of our blogs to you which has an exhaustive comparison. 2016-01-08 13:06:55
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Here's the blog: http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/icse-cbse-ib-choose-the-right-board-for-your-child/448 2016-01-08 13:07:08
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CBSE and ICSE are Indian education boards and IB/IGCSE are international origin education boards. 2016-01-08 13:07:53
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Hence CBSE and ICSE syllabus are aligned with all Indian competitive exams/entrances. 2016-01-08 13:08:24
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While CBSE is more academics focused, it has now started doing what ICSE has been doing since the beginning, a collaborative project like approach to learning from an early age. CBSE is present across the country where as ICSE has limited presence in a few states/cities in India. 2016-01-08 13:09:40
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IB/IGCSE - both are international origin boards, with IB being the more rigorous body with special focus on infrastructure, teacher quality, training and the best in class resource material. IB is also seamlessly aligned with all international UNIVs. 2016-01-08 13:10:53
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IGCSE or the Cambridge board as it is called loosely, is the Budget version of IB and is not as good in qualitative outputs as IB. It lacks rigorous checks and teacher quality in comparison to IB. 2016-01-08 13:11:50
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IB is the most expensive in terms of fees followed by IGCSE. 2016-01-08 13:12:11
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Hope this helps. all the best! 2016-01-08 13:12:56
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Hello sir, I have 2 questions 1.Is the IGCSE 6-10 grades /IB PYP syllabus on par with that of CBSE/....

Hello sir, I have 2 questions 1.Is the IGCSE 6-10 grades /IB PYP syllabus on par with that of CBSE/ICSE? WIll it be easy to shift from one board to the other? 2. IBDP - I understand the teaching methodology/assessments are different but is the curriculum very different from ISC or CBSE 12th? If a student wants to appear for say, IIT JEE or AIEEE, will he/she have to study 2 different syllabus ( for 12th and for the entrance exam )? Thanks Kiran

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Hi Kiran! 2016-01-08 13:14:56
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HI NItin 2016-01-08 13:15:03
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Let's go one by one 2016-01-08 13:15:17
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#1. The syllabus of grade 6-10 (MYP) is different for IB/IGCSE board in comparison to CBSE/ICSE. 2016-01-08 13:16:46
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Can you elaborate on "at par" a bit? 2016-01-08 13:17:00
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i just mean't to ask is the curriculum roughly similar to CBSE/ICSE, will kids in igcse cover all the topics that cbse/icse covers 2016-01-08 13:17:40
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No Kiran, In fact the structure and flow are also different apart from some concepts, and the way they are introduced between these boards. 2016-01-08 13:18:33
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From IB board's perspective, grade 11/12 are Diploma programs, in a way a college preparation for students to start getting ready for the UNIVs, whereas CBSE/ICSE are more focused on Indian entrance exams like JEE/CPMT/PET etc 2016-01-08 13:19:52
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The 2nd part of your #1 qstn : It becomes more and more difficult for a child to adapt and adjust as one mores to senior classes. One should avoid it unless no other option's there. IB to CBSE shift for e.g. in grade X can really test any child. 2016-01-08 13:21:29
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I would not recommend a shift ideally,but in case you are contemplating at any point, the earlier grades, the better for the child. till grade IV/V should be still fine - from PYP to CBSE/ICSE 2016-01-08 13:22:31
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#2 now the second qstn, could you elaborate a bit 2016-01-08 13:23:14
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okay, actually i would prefer my daughter to conitinue with IB till 12th but i want her to pursue graduation in India, so worried about the difficulty in taking up entrance exams, from the syllabus perspective, and also i have heard the IB exams are around the same time as Indian entrance exams 2016-01-08 13:24:06
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The syllabus as i mentioned are different, and you are right that it's an added effort for a student to tackle with these two separate "frameworks" of sorts. It's not just syllabus alone but the kind of effort DP program demands from students. Unlike popular perception, my personal understanding says DP is tougher than CBSE grade XI and XII given the expanse and framework IB follows, and given the requirements over and above academics which Universities have out of India. 2016-01-08 13:27:24
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hmm, so do you think its not advisable for kids planning to study in India to go for IBDP? 2016-01-08 13:28:22
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Your daughter can pursue her graduation very much here in India. It's not only possible but also a lot of IB passouts in different countries including India choose to pursue local education systems in their graduation after their DP. 2016-01-08 13:29:12
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I won't say that, as I think it depends on the horizon of the student. It certainly is added toughness in case the horizon is JEE alone, but in case it's a wider horizon to consider multiple/more options, then it's not the same toughness scale. 2016-01-08 13:30:25
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So it's a feasible option to consider various graduation streams in India too. 2016-01-08 13:31:15
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In fact areas like humanities, journalism, mass communication - IB passouts have an edge 2016-01-08 13:31:51
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ok.. that's good to hear! so indian universities do accept the predicted scores? 2016-01-08 13:32:05
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Indian UNIVs ask for AIET certificate, which all the IB/IGCSE schools provide now 2016-01-08 13:32:53
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Indian Univs with entrance exams accept the score from that, or with DP scores as applicable in their selection criterion 2016-01-08 13:33:29
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There has also been a lot of talks offlate on IB adjusting the Asia calendar for results/exams and so on. So that's also a work in progress. 2016-01-08 13:34:21
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oh that's good news 2016-01-08 13:34:36
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Hope that helps.:) 2016-01-08 13:34:45
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yes this has really helped me be confidant about my decision to put my daughter in IB school. Thank you! 2016-01-08 13:35:15
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:) All the best Kiran! Keep me posted, continue supporting your daughter's dreams. 2016-01-08 13:36:01
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Sure Nitin.! Thanks again! 2016-01-08 13:36:17
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My son is 6 years old and intrested in arts and creative works but feels difficult in understanding....

My son is 6 years old and intrested in arts and creative works but feels difficult in understanding basic concepts and not at all intrested in paying attention to sit and study can u help me which board suits him

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Hi Ramya! 2016-01-08 13:36:44
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Which education board is your child in right now? 2016-01-08 13:37:13
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I would need more details Ramya in order to answer this question. feel free to ask another qstn once you are back on this Live chat. I would like to know the following: 1. which board is your child in right now? 2. Is their a subject in particular where you find your child struggling to follow concepts or is this across subjects? 3. Do you think this is a concentration issue from your observation, as you have mentioned that your child doesn't sit at one place? 2016-01-08 13:41:31
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Please do let me know these once you are back here on this live chat 2016-01-08 13:41:59
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Hi 2016-01-08 13:45:32
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Hi 2016-01-08 13:45:43
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Can u suggest which board is good 2016-01-08 13:49:15
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Hi Ramya! 2016-01-08 13:50:57
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I would need more details Ramya in order to answer this question. feel free to ask another qstn once you are back on this Live chat. I would like to know the following: 1. which board is your child in right now? 2. Is their a subject in particular where you find your child struggling to follow concepts or is this across subjects? 3. Do you think this is a concentration issue from your observation, as you have mentioned that your child doesn't sit at one place? 2016-01-08 13:51:07
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? 2016-01-08 13:52:13
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Are you there Ramya? 2016-01-08 13:53:14
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Your child is at perhaps his best age grasp, especially understanding new concepts. Then it's a question of introducing them in intresting and engaging manner. Teacher's single biggest challenge and her effectiveness is best measure in the way she can introduce a new concept, and that is again part "natural" a talent and part by "training". While someone with a natural flair of good teaching could be in any board, the best training is perhaps given to IB school teachers. 2016-01-08 13:59:35
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IB's early years program and 2016-01-08 14:00:03
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the PYP program have the most interesting ways to introduce new concepts to children and from that perspective, seems like a good option to evaluate. 2016-01-08 14:01:26
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Given the information, if i get some of my queries answered, I could advice you better Ramya. 2016-01-08 14:02:14
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Pls feel free to write back with the information i asked for to helpdesk une.com and I shall try and revert soon on those with added inputs if any. 2016-01-08 14:03:02
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All the best! 2016-01-08 14:03:16
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Even though i have put my son into CBSE (LKG) but i am still skeptical about it, because am also a C....

Even though i have put my son into CBSE (LKG) but i am still skeptical about it, because am also a CBSE product from Kendriya Vidyalaya. 1. I find current CBSE structure very different than before, because of its gruesome and frequent evaluation methodology, its developing more of ROTE memory for children than the knowledge part. This is happening also due to the pressure that teachers are having nowdays to complete the syllabus. Need your view on this (this issue not there with ICSE [rote memory part]) 2. School curriculum doesn't give sufficient scope for outdoor sports, its shrinking day by day. Please give your input on this.

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Hi shubhangini! 2016-01-08 13:43:28
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I can understand your worry considering that you have a frame of reference from your own experience 2016-01-08 13:44:28
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CCE, the new assessment framework of CBSE started with the right motive, that to assess the child round the year comprehensively across scholastics/coscholastics with an aim for all round development. 2016-01-08 13:45:23
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But in its last 4 years of implementation, the motive took a back seat, and just doing it took precedence....and that too, it got translated/executed exactly the opposite of what was intended. 2016-01-08 13:46:23
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Round the year evaluation of the child got executed as more and more unit tests/projects through the year, coscholastics evaluation met "subjectivity" and in some cases meant "tuitions" with the class teacher to get better score in coscholastics, which defeats the very essence of CCE. 2016-01-08 13:47:43
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There have been multiple efforts by CBSE to improve it, but they haven't been highly successful at it, and as a result the child is suffering due to this confusion. 2016-01-08 13:48:33
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So your concerns on CBSE are not ill founded shubhangini. These are valid concerns. 2016-01-08 13:49:40
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Hope this helps 2016-01-08 13:50:16

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