International Curriculum CBSE School

About 50 schools in India may soon offer the international curriculum of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on a trial basis, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said recently. The minister said that the board's international curriculum, CBSE-I, will be for students opting for boards like the International Baccalaureate.

The international curriculum, available to students from Class I to XII, would be taught through e-books. The CBSE-I students would have more foreign language options and different syllabus for other subjects.

CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi added that the course has already been started in about 25 schools in the Gulf and south Asian countries, and expression of interest has been invited from schools in India to start the course from the coming academic session. The pilot programme in India will include some Kendriya Vidyalayas and other government and private schools, Joshi added.

The annual course fee, as proposed by the ministry, is Rs 1.5 lakh.

Taking the first step towards giving the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) an international character, the HRD ministry has decided that from the next academic session CBSE-affiliated schools abroad will have an international syllabus.

Even CBSE schools in India will be free to introduce this syllabus. While no change will be brought in the mathematics and science syllabus, language and social science will undergo complete change. The new syllabus is likely to be finalized within a month.

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