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Which Board or School or Curriculum to Select for Your Child?

Nitin Pandey


Jan 09, 2017 | 11 : 00 AM to 11 : 45 AM

When it comes to choosing a school for your child, perhaps, one crucial aspect to be considered is, choosing the right board for your child — ICSE, CBSE, IB, or SSC? Every parent look clueless & always seeks suggestions. Explore education experts & founder - Parentune answers against participants parents' questions.


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I stay in Goa (Bicholim) with my husband and son who'll turn 1 on 30th August. Have enrolled him to....

I stay in Goa (Bicholim) with my husband and son who'll turn 1 on 30th August. Have enrolled him to toddlers class. My question is: Which board is the best in view of kids future and how to choose a pliable board for little ones and if I choose 1 board than will it be recommended to change to some other in future?

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Hi Aparna! 2015-07-11 11:01:59
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There is no education board for a preschool as such, though there are extended preschools of various schools, and those schools could be guided by the education boards. 2015-07-11 11:03:14
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From a flexibility point, international boards score over Indian boards, with some improvements offlate now in the Indian board schools as well. 2015-07-11 11:03:47
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Hi am in chennai.. my daughter is studying grade 2 in a cbse school. Next yr v r planning to move fr....

Hi am in chennai.. my daughter is studying grade 2 in a cbse school. Next yr v r planning to move from here n planning to put her in an icse school. Will it affect her studies r it's better than cbse? Want a clear idea...

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Hi! 2015-07-11 11:04:11
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Hi sir 2015-07-11 11:04:26
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Are you looking at an ICSE school in Chennai or another city? 2015-07-11 11:04:38
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In my native 2015-07-11 11:05:29
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There are some differences in the syllabi of the two boards, but not so much that they cause a disturbance of learning at a young age, read early years- primary school 2015-07-11 11:05:32
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which city? 2015-07-11 11:05:40
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V r shifting to pollachi in coimbatore dist 2015-07-11 11:06:14
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So looking ther 2015-07-11 11:06:22
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I would advice you to look at change of boards only till primary school (grade V), post that, would be better to stay put in one education board 2015-07-11 11:06:44
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should not cause any hurdle for your child's education at the moment as she's still in a primary grade, with not so much difference 2015-07-11 11:07:26
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I am Vidya, and I have a little girl who has turned 2 years in May 2015 and is currently enrolled i....

I am Vidya, and I have a little girl who has turned 2 years in May 2015 and is currently enrolled in a playgroup. I have two queries: 1. Will it be a good option to enroll in a montessori based education till Std 1 ? 2. Which board would give the child a stressfree education with enough importance for extra curricular activities? Thanks in advance!

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Hi Vidya! 2015-07-11 11:08:00
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Hello Sir 2015-07-11 11:08:04
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I wanted to know if a pure montessori approach is a good choice before moving to anyparticular board of education? 2015-07-11 11:08:50
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Montessori is an approach, a philosophy around which preschool curriculums are centered. which is your child's current playgroup, which preschool? 2015-07-11 11:08:52
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She is in Sesame Street Preschool 2015-07-11 11:09:05
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The education board shall come into play once your child joins the formal school, so still some time for that. 2015-07-11 11:09:22
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Sesame follows an international curriculum, which has got a mix of music, drama, speech, beyond just academics, and hence makes a good combination 2015-07-11 11:10:09
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Ok...So would it be a good idea to enroll in a school from nursery onwards ? or would it be good to comtinue till Std 1 in such preschools and then move to formal one? 2015-07-11 11:10:45
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There is a popular myth that montessori is more academics - friendly, and shall help the child once she joins the full school, but thats not the case, ad for a child in early years its important to explore, enquire, experience. 2015-07-11 11:11:02
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I personally feel, that a child should join a full school not before KG/SKG, as it's highly structured compared to a preschool at a school 2015-07-11 11:11:49
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ok.... 2015-07-11 11:12:05
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And about the education boards? 2015-07-11 11:12:24
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Which one would give a curriculum which is not so stressful? 2015-07-11 11:12:53
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Each one has an advantage, but if you are looking for extracurrics and an enriched surrounding, than I would advice you to look at IB, IGCSE schools over CBSE/stat boards 2015-07-11 11:13:10
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ok... 2015-07-11 11:13:23
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Thanks for your inputs Sir! Appreciate the same! 2015-07-11 11:13:38
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IB board especially fosters wonder/imagination/enquiry, and let the difficulty levels follow the learner, rather than the oppositem, which can be stressfull right from an early age. 2015-07-11 11:13:55
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Hello sir, My is name Jayakanth..Our son is turned two last month,next year we need to start his sch....

Hello sir, My is name Jayakanth..Our son is turned two last month,next year we need to start his schooling.My question is which board to choose in case if we move to aboard like USA ,UK,EUROPE OR AUS/NZ which board is better preferred in those countries? CBSE or ICSE ?

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Hi Jaya! 2015-07-11 11:14:11
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Hello sir, 2015-07-11 11:14:19
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GM 2015-07-11 11:14:19
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When are you planing to move countries? 2015-07-11 11:14:29
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May be in two years down the line 2015-07-11 11:14:44
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any certainity on which country? also when do you think if at all you may have to be back in India? 2015-07-11 11:14:54
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or three..nothing is finalised though 2015-07-11 11:14:56
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OK 2015-07-11 11:15:12
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planning to be there for 4 to 5 years 2015-07-11 11:15:19
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and will you come back in the cuntry? 2015-07-11 11:15:21
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so your child may be 5 when you move out and may be 10 when you get bak 2015-07-11 11:15:43
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right? 2015-07-11 11:15:45
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yes 2015-07-11 11:15:52
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Given that he would be 10-11 years old when you get back, changing education boards would not be a great idea. 2015-07-11 11:16:25
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As he would already be in grade 6 2015-07-11 11:16:36
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while when you move out to say US, formal schooling will begin only by 6 2015-07-11 11:16:57
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but which board to choose now incase after 2 or 3yrs if we move to other countries..will there be any impact for him when we go there? 2015-07-11 11:17:32
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so your child will get a clear start in an educatio board especially if it is in US or any other similar countries (UK would be a year before) 2015-07-11 11:17:54
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suppose we had taken CBSE or ICSE 2015-07-11 11:17:57
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ok 2015-07-11 11:18:07
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While moving out of here, there won't be so much of an impact, but there may be once you are getting back after 4-5 years from then 2015-07-11 11:18:25
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So, it would be important to stick to the board wich your child is in US/UK/Aus when you get back here 2015-07-11 11:19:07
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and that means two options - IB and IGCSE 2015-07-11 11:19:16
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ok sir....suppose if he is in grade 1 here in india with CBSE and then move to US will there be a problem? 2015-07-11 11:19:26
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so i would advice to look at these two for formal schooling when you are planning to move out for sure after 2-3 years 2015-07-11 11:19:37
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Not really 2015-07-11 11:19:46
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oh ok 2015-07-11 11:19:49
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but it would be better, if you look at IGCSE 2015-07-11 11:19:59
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especially if you are sure to move out 2015-07-11 11:20:08
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if you are not, then its fine 2015-07-11 11:20:20
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in bangalore any idea which offers this board? 2015-07-11 11:20:22
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many 2015-07-11 11:20:27
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great. 2015-07-11 11:20:34
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hope that helps 2015-07-11 11:21:05
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yes indeed..Thank you sir :) 2015-07-11 11:21:17
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some of the good ones you could look at in b'lor are inventure, NPS 2015-07-11 11:21:22
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most welcome 2015-07-11 11:21:26
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Hi. My name id Jyoti and this is regarding my niece who has taken up IB as an option in grade 6. Now....

Hi. My name id Jyoti and this is regarding my niece who has taken up IB as an option in grade 6. Now she is facing major problems in arithmetic. What is the way out to make it interesting for her. Tuition, counselling, or what other kind of help can keep her interest alive?

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Hi Jyoti! 2015-07-11 11:21:40
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IB as a philosophy works best on the following 3 princples 2015-07-11 11:22:20
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1. copllaboration 2015-07-11 11:22:24
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collaboration 2015-07-11 11:22:28
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2. exploration 2015-07-11 11:22:34
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3. Application 2015-07-11 11:22:39
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Given the above, I would advice you to help her with co-study, and also explore mini quizes in mathematics, with worked out step by step solutions 2015-07-11 11:23:13
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That would help her try out wthout fearing an outcome, no matter what, let this not be a test of acumen and will for her, as she has just moved to IB. 2015-07-11 11:23:56
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she'll get there soon 2015-07-11 11:24:01
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Moreover, I would advice you to collaborate with her teacher and share her worry 2015-07-11 11:24:22
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How do you rate the syllabus between CBSE and ICSE. I am looking for a school - which is not very ac....

How do you rate the syllabus between CBSE and ICSE. I am looking for a school - which is not very academic and focus on the application of concepts than rote learning. I prefer a school that works only Mon-Fri and not very taxing on academics with homework / projects, etc. Which syllabus would be more appropriate ?

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hi Madhan! 2015-07-11 11:24:42
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Hi Nitin 2015-07-11 11:24:42
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How old is your child? 2015-07-11 11:25:01
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he is 3 yrs old - currently in nursery eurokids 2015-07-11 11:25:12
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ok 2015-07-11 11:25:16
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Given the two syllabus, they both have their pros and cons 2015-07-11 11:25:36
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i find very few ICSE schools in chennai - mostly are CBSE 2015-07-11 11:25:41
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while ICSE is more project and collaboration oriented, CBSE has continued to be more unit test- syllabus completion kind of an approach 2015-07-11 11:26:09
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does CBSE or ICSE stipulate Saturday working day 2015-07-11 11:26:24
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Chennai has always been a larger set-up for CBSE and state board, so i understand what you mean/ 2015-07-11 11:26:30
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most schools are very academic and insists on working saturday from 4th grade onwards 2015-07-11 11:26:46
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CBSE is the single largest board (in terms of no. of schools) in India, ICSE is a far second 2015-07-11 11:26:47
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I understand 2015-07-11 11:26:58
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does CBSE or ICSE stipulate Saturday working day 2015-07-11 11:27:09
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Given that, You could look ICSE as well as IGCSE 2015-07-11 11:27:13
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CBSE does that yes 2015-07-11 11:27:23
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I would advice you to give a serious thought at IGCSE and IB in that case 2015-07-11 11:27:48
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ok - does ICSE is a tough syllabus compared to CBSE 2015-07-11 11:27:54
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given that IB will also be much highe fees 2015-07-11 11:28:06
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i was told that ICSE is a very exhaustive syllabus ( larger volume of lessons) compared to CBSE 2015-07-11 11:28:18
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ICSE and CBSE are similar syllabus structures 2015-07-11 11:28:21
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though not 100% match, there is a match of close to 90%, but if you put two grades back to back say grade 8 and 9, they willl be 100% matching 2015-07-11 11:28:48
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so it's just a question of moving one concept before or after between the two boards. rest they are similar 2015-07-11 11:29:15
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ok - so the syllabus is more or less same - but the teaching methodolgy is different 2015-07-11 11:29:23
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slightly different 2015-07-11 11:29:30
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ICSE is more application of concept ? 2015-07-11 11:29:39
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ICSE has project based approach and then trascends to an elective approach in senior classes 2015-07-11 11:30:06
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applicaion of conceopts comes through in projects - yes 2015-07-11 11:30:18
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CBSE has tried doing that, but not been successful as of now 2015-07-11 11:30:31
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my requirement is again a very less taxing school/syllabus. i mean i want my son to enjoy his school rather than looking at it as a pain 2015-07-11 11:30:37
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Are you also exploring IGCSE and IB? 2015-07-11 11:30:40
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I understand what you mean 2015-07-11 11:30:50
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i have not looked at IGCSE and IB - as they are very few schools and also expensive 2015-07-11 11:31:05
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Then a CBSE school in Chennai to have that balance is not visible, drop CBSE from the choice set in that case for sure 2015-07-11 11:31:26
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thats true, IB is expensive, IGCSE, not as much 2015-07-11 11:31:40
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You could look at ICSE and IGCSE as options 2015-07-11 11:31:55
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Let me know how your search goes 2015-07-11 11:32:06
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ok 2015-07-11 11:32:08
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do you have a recommendation of schools in chennai 2015-07-11 11:32:24
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I could do that too, once i answer some more questions. shall come back 2015-07-11 11:32:43
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the school culture - (non-academic) is important 2015-07-11 11:32:50
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i really appreciate that. i will wait 2015-07-11 11:32:56
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Sure 2015-07-11 11:32:58
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How would you rate CBSE vs ICSE vs IB boards? What are the plus points for each? My child is in a CB....

How would you rate CBSE vs ICSE vs IB boards? What are the plus points for each? My child is in a CBSE school in class 6. And is not finding interest in all subjects that are being taught. Hence my question.

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Hi arunima! 2015-07-11 11:34:07
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Hi Nitin 2015-07-11 11:34:16
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CBSE is mapped to all Indian competition like the IITs and the Medical exams 2015-07-11 11:34:41
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ICSE gives some flexibility with a project based approach 2015-07-11 11:34:53
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Having gone through your earlier conversation, I understand it is not a bright idea to change the boards at this stage. 2015-07-11 11:35:01
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IB is mapped to international curriculums which are international colleges, courses, not just in India 2015-07-11 11:35:20
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:) 2015-07-11 11:35:28
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My main area of concern is my childs' ability to express himself in words.. 2015-07-11 11:35:29
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Maths and Science he is ok 2015-07-11 11:35:39
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Yes, but it is not a 100% rule as such 2015-07-11 11:35:45
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I see 2015-07-11 11:35:56
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Could you elaborate that? 2015-07-11 11:35:58
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Language? 2015-07-11 11:36:31
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I mean he has the ideas but is unable to express himself in English well. He struggles to put forward his thought and hesitates and dislikes subjects where he needs to write -- such as history 2015-07-11 11:36:57
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I fear that this will affect his ability to express in his favourite subjects too soon as expression is key 2015-07-11 11:37:25
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hmmm 2015-07-11 11:37:40
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Yes 2015-07-11 11:37:41
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Have you tried something beyond acads to help him ? 2015-07-11 11:38:07
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How do you suggest I help him at home or change board or school if necessary to bridge the gap? 2015-07-11 11:38:17
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like i would suggest to encourage him to participate in drama, elocutions, writing 2015-07-11 11:38:31
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I did not follow 2015-07-11 11:38:32
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Ok 2015-07-11 11:38:35
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This is not so much a board issue as much as is a personal preference 2015-07-11 11:38:52
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Will try exploring 2015-07-11 11:38:55
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yes 2015-07-11 11:39:01
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I agree 2015-07-11 11:39:08
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There are some students who like logic more than language, most of them are great in problem solving 2015-07-11 11:39:12
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yes that is the case 2015-07-11 11:39:30
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So, you should not discourage that at all, keep that going, and keep encouraging him 2015-07-11 11:39:48
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ok 2015-07-11 11:39:56
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on the improvement areas, let's make it beyond academics and help him crack that as well 2015-07-11 11:40:06
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I am sure he will, just be patient 2015-07-11 11:40:11
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try the following as well, games like complete the story, write the story 2015-07-11 11:40:29
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Thank you so much! 2015-07-11 11:40:41
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write a small story by seeing a picture 2015-07-11 11:40:45
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most welcome arunima 2015-07-11 11:40:51
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keep me posted how it goes 2015-07-11 11:40:58
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Thank you 2015-07-11 11:40:59
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:) 2015-07-11 11:41:01
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Will do 2015-07-11 11:41:02
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Hi I am from Kolkata..my son is 2years old and studying in play group. Please recommend me which wil....

Hi I am from Kolkata..my son is 2years old and studying in play group. Please recommend me which will be the best board for him for his future as I am very much confused?

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Hi Dipanshu! 2015-07-11 11:41:32
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Hi SIr 2015-07-11 11:41:34
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Could you share your confusion between boards 2015-07-11 11:41:50
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Your child shall get into a formal school in 1.5 to 2 years from now, right 2015-07-11 11:42:20
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Yes 2015-07-11 11:42:28
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so what would you like your child's school/early years of learning to have? 2015-07-11 11:43:23
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In CBSE the English is not so good but Icse board English is good but CBSE board is suitable for competitive purpose..that's my confusion.. 2015-07-11 11:43:41
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We are extending the chat by 15 minutes 2015-07-11 11:43:47
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Great 2015-07-11 11:43:57
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OK, so you would like a balanced option in language and competitive exams? 2015-07-11 11:44:34
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right? 2015-07-11 11:44:36
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Yes sir.. 2015-07-11 11:44:43
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Now that varies not so much between boards, but more so between schools 2015-07-11 11:44:52
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there are as many ICSE schools doing badly in language as many CBSE schools in competitive exams 2015-07-11 11:45:10
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so you would need to evaluate between various schools here more than the board 2015-07-11 11:45:26
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The way to go about it would be to look at the following criterions 2015-07-11 11:46:06
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1. The teacher's quality especially in languages 2015-07-11 11:46:34
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especially primary years 2015-07-11 11:46:43
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2. Concept understanding among children currently in the primary years at the school 2015-07-11 11:47:04
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any other query around this Dipangshu 2015-07-11 11:47:42
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Also about extra carricular activity..which board is better ?? 2015-07-11 11:48:40
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ICSE is better than CBSE 2015-07-11 11:49:20
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both in extracurrics as well as projects from an early class, also in collaboration 2015-07-11 11:49:41
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ICSC is better option right ?? 2015-07-11 11:50:06
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In all respect ... 2015-07-11 11:50:18
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yes 2015-07-11 11:50:20
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not in all respects but in extracurrics and project management- yes 2015-07-11 11:50:36
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In 11 and 12 do I need to change the board if son is interested in engineering and medical ?? 2015-07-11 11:50:54
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Not really, in case you choose ICSE too , the sylabus is similar, and you don't need to change the board 2015-07-11 11:51:24
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there is a minor change between the two 2015-07-11 11:51:37
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in fact ICSE gives a choice of electives 2015-07-11 11:51:50
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Thanks a lot... 2015-07-11 11:52:14
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Most welcome, hope this helps 2015-07-11 11:52:25
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Keep me posted on how it goes :) 2015-07-11 11:52:38
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Sure... 2015-07-11 11:52:46

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