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YSG KNOWLEDGE SERIES – Understanding Education Boards

Does thinking about your child’s education make you feel like this?

 

With the paradigm shift in the way schooling is done today and with the multitude of boards available, we understand your concerns and that’s why we believe in getting you an expert opinion.

Your School Guide has tied up with reputed counselor Sheetal Multani to bring you the answers. Get a chance to participate in an interactive and focused discussion on understanding the various options available today and evaluating the right fit for your child and family.

We are organising a workshop on Saturday – 2nd September, 2017 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Khar West, Mumbai. The group size is limited to a maximum of 15 participants so you can have a more personal interaction with the speaker.

Register Today on https://www.payumoney.com/events/#/buyTickets/www.yourschoolguide.com

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YSG Knowledge Series – Workshop on Decoding Education Boards

Are You Confused About Choosing The Right Education For Your Child?

Do these issues seem familiar?

  • You have questions but don’t know who to ask
  • You are getting mixed and opinionated answers
  • You are struggling to understand how the board frameworks are applied to everyday schooling
  • You are curious about how learning happens in international school classrooms
  • You want to know the future prospects for children passing out from each board
  • You want to know the best way to decide what is optimal for your family…

… and more

Your School Guide has tied up with reputed expert Aashita Mehra to bring you the answers.

We are organising a workshop on Saturday – 11th February, 2017 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Khar Gymkhana, Mumbai

Register Today on https://www.payumoney.com/events/#/buyTickets/YSG-DecodingEducationBoards

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Know Your School Boards (Part 5/5) – Grade 11 and 12

Our last piece in the series on School Boards focuses on life after “school” – Grades 11 and 12.

 

 

FAQ:

Q. 1. What is the key difference between both International boards that is CIE Board and IB Board?
A.1. Both CIE and IB boards are accepted at par in all Universities abroad. The key difference between the two is that CIE board offers IGCSE and ‘A’ Levels which are stream and subject specific programmes. English is the only compulsory language in the CIE Board. Being a stream and subject specific programme it’s more focused on a specific line of study. 
e.g. 1. )  If a student wants to take up medical career, he/she needs to study Physics Chemistry and Biology.
e.g. 2. ) If a student wants to do Engineering or architecture or become a pilot he/she needs to study Physics Chemistry (for Engineering) and Mathematics. 
e.g. 3. ) If a student wants to study Commerce, Chartered Accountancy, BMS, BMM and BBA he/she needs to study Business Studies, Accounts Economics or Art and Graphics (BMM). 
e.g. 4. ) If a student wants to pursue liberal arts, humanities, Psychology so he/she will have to study Business studies, Art and Design psychology or English Literature.
However, in IBDP, a student needs to do one subject from each of the 6 streams – Language & Literature, Language acquisition (second language), Individual and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and Arts. In addition, there is the Core which comprises the Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Action and Service. There IBDP is academically more vast than the ‘A’ Levels where students covers all streams. This later gives them an option to choose any field they wish to science, commerce or arts.

Q. 2. Are High Level and Standard level courses assessed differently in IB ?
A.2 The IB awards the same number of points for higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) courses, reflecting the IB’s belief in the importance of achievement across a broad range of academic disciplines.
HL and SL courses differ in scope but are assessed against the same grade descriptors, with HL candidates expected to demonstrate the various elements of the grade descriptors across a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills

 DISCLAIMER:

THE ABOVE DATA WAS COMPILED AND COMPELETED ON THE 8TH DAY OF AUGUST 2016. THIS IS JUST A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF ALL 3 BOARDS PUT TOGETHER FOR ASPIRING PARENTS AND STUDENTS BY THE WRITER TO THE BEST OF HER KNOWLEDGE. TO GAIN BETTER KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING EACH STUDENT AND PARENT SHOULD KINDLY REFER TO THE ADMISSION DIRECTORS / TUTORS AT THEIR RESPECTIVE ASPIRING SCHOOLS. THE WRITER CANNOT BE CHALLENGED FOR ANY CONTRADICTORY OPINIONS. THE DATA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE FROM US.

 

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Know Your School Boards (Part 4/5) – Higher Secondary

The fourth part of our series covers details regarding Grade 9 and 10. How do the different boards handle grade 10? How many subjects are covered? What are the types of assessments? Sheetal Multani gives the answers to these questions and more.

 

 

FAQ:

Q.1 Are International Boards easier than ICSE?
A 1. ICSE board is more content and knowledge driven as compared to the international boards which are more skill and concept driven. The vast syllabus of ICSE, which includes compulsory languages, math, 2 papers of social studies (History and Geography), 3 papers of sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) makes ICSE more cumbersome for students. In comparison, International boards offer a vast choice of subjects. In addition, even within a particular subject, a student can choose a higher level or standard level according to his/her competency in that subject. This gives the student an opportunity to pursue the subject and gain knowledge, even though it might be his/her weak area. Also, in the primary years, International Education emphasises only on key subjects like English math and science with no added burden of doing additional subjects.
On the flip side, ICSE or CBSE students are better adapted at cracking Medicine and Engineering entrance exams in India as they have a deeper knowledge of all 3 sciences and Math. However, in international boards, students have to choose any one subject from each subject area, which means any one science out of 3 sciences. Each board has its pros and cons depending on what is suitable for “your” child.

Q. 2. Pure IB schools in India are opting for direct progression from MYP to IBDP. Is it true?
A.2. We see this shift coming up in the near future where by a student in a Pure IB Board school can have a smooth progression from MYP to IBDP Programme. The MYP is open to any student aged 11 to 16 at schools that have been authorized to implement the programme. The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IBDP. In the final year of the programme, optional MYP eAssessment provides IB-validated grades based on examinations and course work.  Students who undertake external assessment are eligible for MYP course results and the IB MYP Certificate. However, this is not equivalent to a board exam, like the IGCSE, ICSE or CBSE Board exam. A student who pursues MYP has to continue to doing IBDP. He/she cannot switch to a state board (HSC) or national board (ISC) or A levels. 
Note: – Most of the established IB schools in India are still following the MYP for 3 years followed with IGCSE.

Q. 3. What is the Core and Extended option in IGCSE ?
A.3. Extended is a regular paper for which grades are given as per students’ performance. E.g. if a student gets 100 on 100 marks in math, he/ she will get A+. Core is an easier paper than its extended format, but in a Core paper, if a student gets 100 on 100 marks, he/she will still be given a grade C. In a core paper, students cannot get A+, A and B grades. Therefore, if a student feels he/she is weak in a particular subject but still wants to pursue it, the student can do so at an easier level. 

Q. 4. Why does IGCSE board have pre-prelims and prelims?
A.4. If an IGCSE student wishes to continue his/her further education in local colleges affiliated to Mumbai University, he/she will have to appear for their IGCSE board Exam in the month of October/ November to get results in time, before local colleges start their admission process.  Appearing for the October/ November exam gives the student only 18 months vs 2 years. Therefore, pre-prelims give students a chance to prepare for an early board exam.  However, in recent years, IGCSE exams are also being offered in the month of Feb/Mar only for students studying in India, to facilitate application to local colleges in time. 
 

 DISCLAIMER:

 THE ABOVE DATA WAS COMPILED AND COMPELETED ON THE 8TH DAY OF AUGUST 2016. THIS IS JUST A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF ALL 3 BOARDS PUT TOGETHER FOR ASPIRING PARENTS AND STUDENTS BY THE WRITER TO THE BEST OF HER KNOWLEDGE. TO GAIN BETTER KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING EACH STUDENT AND PARENT SHOULD KINDLY REFER TO THE ADMISSION DIRECTORS / TUTORS AT THEIR RESPECTIVE ASPIRING SCHOOLS. THE WRITER CANNOT BE CHALLENGED FOR ANY CONTRADICTORY OPINIONS. THE DATA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE FROM US. 



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Know Your School Boards (Part 3/5) – Secondary Level

In the third part of our series on school boards, Sheetal takes us through the Secondary level of the various boards

 

DISCLAIMER:

THE ABOVE DATA WAS COMPILED AND COMPELETED ON THE 8TH DAY OF AUGUST 2016. THIS IS JUST A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF ALL 3 BOARDS PUT TOGETHER FOR ASPIRING PARENTS AND STUDENTS BY THE WRITER TO THE BEST OF HER KNOWLEDGE. TO GAIN BETTER KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING EACH STUDENT AND PARENT SHOULD KINDLY REFER TO THE ADMISSION DIRECTORS / TUTORS AT THEIR RESPECTIVE ASPIRING SCHOOLS. THE WRITER CANNOT BE CHALLENGED FOR ANY CONTRADICTORY OPINIONS. THE DATA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE FROM US. 

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Know Your School Boards (Part 2/5) – Primary Level

In our 2nd part of the series on School Boards, our expert Sheetal outlines various details regarding the Primary Level in an easy to understand, comparative table. 

 

DISCLAIMER:

THE ABOVE DATA WAS COMPILED AND COMPELETED ON THE 8TH DAY OF AUGUST 2016. THIS IS JUST A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF ALL 3 BOARDS PUT TOGETHER FOR ASPIRING PARENTS AND STUDENTS BY THE WRITER TO THE BEST OF HER KNOWLEDGE. TO GAIN BETTER KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING EACH STUDENT AND PARENT SHOULD KINDLY REFER TO THE ADMISSION DIRECTORS / TUTORS AT THEIR RESPECTIVE ASPIRING SCHOOLS. THE WRITER CANNOT BE CHALLENGED FOR ANY CONTRADICTORY OPINIONS. THE DATA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE FROM US.

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A Ready Reckoner on Education Boards

Thanks to that wonderful idea called Globalisation, parents are now spoilt for choice when selecting a schooling system for their children. In addition to the Indian boards, international schools have been around for a long time (there has been an IB World School in India since 1976). But only recently have they expanded their reach in terms of number of schools and programmes offered in India, making them more accessible to the global Indian.

But with choice comes confusion – parents are often put into a dilemma as to which board is right for their family. This is primarily due to lack of experience, information and understanding of the newer alternatives.

What are these international boards? What is the curriculum? How does it compare to ICSE or CBSE? What about future prospects? These are but a few questions that are often discussed during coffee breaks at office and kitty parties alike.

Here is a ready reckoner to help you to understand the various school boards available in Mumbai.

Board Comparison

#For Mumbai Schools

Sources: Individual Board Websites, Interviews with Parents and Counsellors, Other desk based research

Disclaimer: Our aim is to empower you with knowledge to make an informed choice and not to recommend or colour your opinion regarding any board. We wish to provide you holistic information based only on our own research, analysis and understanding, and this does not represent the view of any official body or organisation. It is not intended to be perused as a substitute for professional advice, should you wish to seek it. The information is updated to the time of publishing this post and is likely to change in the future.