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YSG Knowledge Series – Workshop on Understanding School Boards

With the admission season coming on in full swing, we bring expert counsellor Sheetal Multani to help you understand everything you need to know to make the right choice of education for your family.

We are organising a workshop on Saturday – 4th November, 2017 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Khar Gymkhana, Mumbai.

Register Today on https://www.payumoney.com/events/#/buyTickets/YSG-UnderstandingEduBoardsNov17

 

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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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Know Your School Boards (Part 1/5) – Introduction

In a 5-part series, we get an expert education and career counsellor, Sheetal Multani, to provide you information that will help you to decode the nuances of some of the popular school boards in Mumbai – ICSE, CIE and IB. 

Each part details information on a group of grades – Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary – so you can easily look at what is relevant for you. Each article also carries related FAQs, making this series everything you need to answer all the questions you may have on an education board.

In Know Your School Board – Part 1, we start with an Introduction to the various school boards.

 

FAQ’s

Q. 1.  Is International education only for students who want to pursue further studies abroad?
A.1.   No!!! International Education is for one and all. In this era of globalization, every student has the opportunity to be at par with students all over the world. It’s amazing that today; schools in India can provide the same education as what is available in the UK, US and several other foreign countries. In fact, if we look at Indian boards, we see that there is a lot of regional discrepancy in the popularity of boards. For example, in Maharashtra, ICSE is a popular curriculum, with very few schools following the CBSE curriculum. On the other side, schools in North India are mostly affiliated to CBSE. This makes it difficult for students whose parents need to relocate even within India. However, international boards are gaining presence slowly and steadily over all states in India. In addition, International Board exams declare country toppers and World toppers in each subject. It’s great when students compete at the global level.
Students who wish to continue in India for their under graduate studies post IBDP/A levels
–  can give IGCSE October / November exams for local college admissions, results of which will be declared in February following year. So they have their results before they Junior Colleges start their admission process in June. 
– can do various International Undergraduate Programmes offered by Indian Schools too. E.g. London School of Economics program– offered by Russell Square International College (established by Ecole Mondiale world school), international programs offered by the Podar World College, N.M College. Under these International under Graduate Programmes, students study in India for 2 years and go abroad in their final 3rd year. These are just to list a few.
Around 40% of Indian students who study IBDP stay back and continue their studies in Indian colleges.

Q. 2. Are International Boards easier than ICSE?
A 2. 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, in any 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 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. 3. Pure IB schools in India are opting for direct progression from MYP to IBDP. Is it true?
A.3. 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 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 e-Assessment 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. 4. What is the key difference between both International boards that is CIE Board and IB Board?
A.4. 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.

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.

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A time for new Beginnings

It is the start of a new school year for most here in Mumbai. Long, gentle, magical days of the summer that were packed with endless possibilities and adventures make way for strict routines and early bedtime. From rushed early mornings to choc-a-bloc daily schedules of school and extra-curricular activities, the days tend to blur for the children and parents alike as they go through the week in near robotic fashion.

Yet, the start of the new school year is eagerly awaited, with much anticipation. As a grown up today, I see it as a milestone that symbolises Growth and Learning. From exploring new ideas and concepts, catching up with school teachers and friends to making memories and learning lessons that will last a life time, there is much to look forward to in the shared experiences we have had at school.

For me, School and Learning are also symbols of Hope – today, our children are young and the world is their oyster. So, Carpe Diem, I say.

This June of 2016 heralds a new beginning for us here at YourSchoolGuide as well, as we embark on a journey of discovering schools in Mumbai and attempt to understand the science behind learning and creativity. As new mothers, these two areas have intrigued us and, indeed for some time now, consumed us. As parents, our children’s lives tend to become central to our own, especially for mothers. Countless questions fueled by uncertainties and lack of knowledge flood our overcharged minds. And one theme stands out boldly – Schooling and Education

  • What schools have you applied to?
  • How is the infrastructure?
  • When do admissions start?
  • Is my child eligible?
  • What were the interview questions?

 

And there are endless debates on –

  • International or Indian boards?
  • Fixed curriculum or abstract?

 

Your School Guide is an endeavour to provide answers to such questions and empower parents with relevant and up to date information and notifications about schools and admissions, starting with Mumbai.

While the above are pertinent and pressing questions, I again emphasize on how Schools bring us Hope for building a tolerant and peaceful society in the future. This is especially important in the context of the children of today – Children who have the advantage of opportunities offered by the Internet age; Children who will need to learn, very early on, to be responsible and accountable for their words and actions. And hence, along with Literacy, I believe that our Education System should lay a strong emphasis on nurturing Social Values.

I leave you with words from one of the greatest thinkers of all time, Abraham Lincoln. Although dated, these words are relevant even today. Are the Educationists listening?  

Excerpt from Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to His Son’s Teacher

My Son Will Have To Learn, I Know,

That All Men Are Not Just, All Men Are Not True. 

But Teach Him Also That For Ever Scoundrel There Is A Hero; That For Every Selfish Politician, There Is A Dedicated Leader. Teach Him That For Every Enemy There Is A Friend.

It Will Take Time, I Know; But Teach Him, If You Can, That A Dollar Earned Is Far More Valuable Than Five Found.

Teach Him To Learn To Lose And Also To Enjoy Winning.

Steer Him Away From Envy.

In School Teach Him It Is Far More Honourable To Fail Than To Cheat.

Teach Him To Have Faith In His Own Ideas, Even If Every One Tells Him They Are Wrong.

Teach Him To Listen To All Men But Teach Him Also To Filter All He Hears On A Screen Of Truth And Take Only The Good That Comes Through.

This is a big order. But please see what you can do… He is such a fine little fellow, my Son!”

– Abraham Lincoln.  Source of the Letter: CiteHR