Why CBSE curriculum is popular in Indian International Schools

Rupali Karekar
Feb 10, 2023

Is your child enrolled for the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), the Indian national curriculum? If your family travels frequently, this is a good question to ask as you decide to relocate to a new location. 

Curricula offered in schools across international locales may vary with some schools offering their specific country curriculum (eg. French, German, Australian etc.).  Recognised worldwide, CBSE is a popular Indian curriculum that’s offered in more than two dozen countries outside India.

Children who change schools and shuffle between different curricula often, as a result of relocation, face unique challenges. They may feel lost, confused or overwhelmed by the changes around them. 

A standardised curriculum gives students the opportunity to maintain a streamlined academic experience instead of adapting to a new curriculum with every move. 


But there are other reasons why parents love this curriculum as well, including:

A quality curriculum with many benefits

As a standardised and reputed curriculum for both primary and secondary grades, CBSE teaches the same subjects and values and places the same emphasis on extracurricular activities in every school in which it's taught. 

This means that as your child transitions from their old school to their new school, the academics remain the same, so long as each is a CBSE school.

The CBSE has striven to improve and update the curriculum, since its inception. An exceptionally well-developed curriculum, it is consistently examined and revised to remain pertinent with the times. 

The benefits of the CBSE curriculum are many:

● It is rigorous yet practical, and engages students at their appropriate age levels.

● It's a spiral curriculum that allows students to 'circle back' to fill in the gaps in areas they may be struggling with.

● It includes instruction in mathematics, science, history, geography, information technology, languages, music, art, and more.

● If focusses on child-centric pedagogy, offering a variety of interactive methods in both scholastic and co-scholastic areas.

● It includes extracurricular activities such as sports, dance, public speaking, and more.

● It's structured and standardised to allow students to transfer their studies seamlessly between institutions.

● Strong emphasis is given to creative thinking, critical thinking, communication and collaborative skills. 

Why do parents prefer the CBSE school?

Parents love the CBSE curriculum for several reasons, the most important being how it prepares their children to excel during and beyond school. Apart from academic prowess, this curriculum emphasises critical thinking skills, good citizenship, stewardship of the planet and adaptability. As a result, students who complete the programme are well situated to succeed in any career they choose. 

But there are other reasons why parents love this curriculum as well, including:

● It provides a STEM education to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

● It features a holistic framework that encourages practical application over rote memorisation and book study.

● It keeps students engaged and actively learning.

● It rewards values such as kindness, curiosity and multiculturalism.

● It offers education with additional language options.

● It prepares students to enter the leading universities of the world.

Skills-based labs at GIIS provide a hands-on learning experience to our students

Why choose the CBSE curriculum at GIIS?

GIIS is a top CBSE school in Singapore and the surrounding region, thanks to our educators, state-of-the-art campus, skills-based learning, students and parents. The curriculum at GIIS, offered from Grades 1-12, prepares students for 21st-century competencies. 

Our students have learned how to take charge of their own education and career paths. They have well-developed skills in ownership, critical thinking and cultural awareness. As a result, they're able to adapt and fit seamlessly into new environments and situations.

This enables them to become productive global citizens and forges a path that continues well beyond the classroom. 

CBSE is taught at GIIS by experienced and trained educators who are held to the highest quality standards. This is also reflected in our results that have consistently soared high over the years.

The overall result for the Grade 12 2022 cohort was excellent with almost half the cohort scoring above 90% and 25% students scoring above 95% marks. The school average stood at 85.8%. 

Nearly 50% scored an overall 90% in CBSE Grade 10 cohort with a school average of 86.3%. In both Grade 12 and 10, 40 students scored a perfect 100 in different subjects.

CBSE as a curriculum shaped me well, and the topics that were taught, especially in Physics, Chemistry and Maths, helped me build analytical thinking. In recent times, when CBSE has modelled their questions to be more interpretive, I believe it has prepared me for the challenges that I'm about to undertake in my life,” said Aditya Garladinne, GIIS CBSE 2022 graduate, currently enlisted in National Service.

Aditya achieved an overall score of 98% in all subjects in the CBSE exams.

CBSE at GIIS was marked with tech-driven learning. A lot of my friends in India, who undertook CBSE, didn't have access to the same facilities, especially during Covid. Online classes were disrupted for many of my friends, but thankfully for us the classes continued due to the online learning system in GIIS. I think this was very good as despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic, we were able to progress well with our learning,” added Aditya.

Also read: Why GIIS leads in learner-centred CBSE curriculum

At GIIS, our educators remain up-to-date on cutting edge technology and new information. As a result, they're specialists within their chosen fields, and they excel at encouraging students to achieve at their highest levels.

If you are interested in exploring the CBSE curriculum at GIIS in more detail, we encourage you to book a campus tour today.

Rupali Karekar

Ms Karekar comes with over 20 years experience in content writing and content strategy in fields from journalism and content marketing. As head of international communications, she has been actively interacting with stakeholders like the student, teacher and parent community to ensure open channels of dialogue and passage of information between all parties. As a result, the school initiatives and stakeholder performances find the right platform and voice to share their achievements.

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