An understanding of the CBSE Curriculum in an Indian International School

Rupali Karekar
Jun 21, 2021

Every parent wants to ensure that their child’s future is secure. A part of this security comes from making good choices with regards to education for your child. Choosing the right school with the right curriculum defines the physical, mental and emotional growth of your child.

There are several different curriculums offered in Indian International Schools in Singapore. However, one of the best ones is the CBSE curriculum. The CBSE curriculum offers a perfect balance between high-quality academic education and a well-developed skill set for the student.

What is the CBSE curriculum?

CBSE stands for the Central Board of Secondary Education and is implemented in schools across 24 countries. This is suitable for children who often relocate to different countries. This ensures that their education is undisrupted. The curriculum consists of academics and extracurricular activities that lead to the overall growth of the student. The focus of education here is to make sure the student understands all that he is taught and is able to apply it too. It encourages students to think and be creative to obtain a higher degree of confidence. 

With a constantly evolving world, schools also need to keep up with the times. Schools that follow the CBSE curriculum are continuously improving their pedagogy to integrate virtual learning methods and case studies and examples from the present day and age.

What is included as part of the CBSE curriculum?

1. Understanding the basics of curriculum

It provides the student the academic knowledge they require along with a grounding and understanding of the cultural nuances of the country. It provides them with aspirations and builds them up to be respectable personalities. The CBSE curriculum here helps them learn and prepare for the future and set their goals to meet their ambitions. The focus here is not only on academics, but also on skill-based learning through extra-curricular activities and value-based programs to enhance the student’s reasoning skills. As a citizen of the world the student is also encouraged to practice the values of compassion, peace and love. Students are encouraged to learn and grow together and share their knowledge for the benefit of everyone.

2. Subjects included as part of the CBSE curriculum

Some of the subjects that are included as part of the CBSE curriculum are Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences like History and Geography, Information and Communication Technology and multiple languages. Students can engage in the arts through music, dance and art class. These change and upgrade as the student moves towards higher grades and students can hence get a better understanding of each subject to make decisions on what they like and what they wish to specialise in. This in-depth understanding strengthens their reasoning skills and increases their knowledge base.

3. Value-added programs at schools

Value-added programs offered by schools are some of the core practical activities that encourage students to engage with science, math and technology. These programs are focused and action-oriented and hence the student learns, applies and brings his/her blueprints to life. One of the more well-known and acclaimed programs is STEM. STEM allows students to understand mathematical theories and scientific formulas logically and apply them to solve real-life problems or create solutions and innovations. Value-based programs help turn focus to more project-based and application-based learning. 

4. Co-curricular activities

CBSE schools lay equal emphasis on students participation in extracurricular activities. The co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that take place in schools include:

● Sports – Cricket, Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Chess and many more

● Music and dance clubs

● Model United Nations

It is important to mention here that this is not an exhaustive list and there are many more activities included that help in the physical and mental growth of the student and improve their team-building and leadership skills.

5. The role of teachers in the life of the student

There are various stakeholders involved in the essential process of education of a child like parents and teachers. Teachers at international schools support students and guide them so that they learn, apply and innovate. They apply unique teaching methods to simplify complex concepts for students in an attempt to make learning easy and fun. These teachers are well trained in all aspects with a clear understanding of the curriculum.

Benefits of choosing a CBSE curriculum

These are some of the benefits of choosing a CBSE curriculum over others.

● While the CBSE curriculum is known to be “rigorous” it is focused on being practical and equipped with ways to educate students of the present day. Hence it is modern and takes account of all disciplines.

● The curriculum is set based on the age of the child so that they are not pressured to study more than they should. Their curriculum is also practical which allows students to understand and apply concepts. This non-rote learning approach ensures that students have fun while they are studying.

● CBSE focuses on ensuring that the student is aware and learns about their own culture. This is one of the worries of Indian expats and the CBSE curriculum tries to cater to this. The student not only learns about the history of the country, but can also choose to learn the languages so that they are well-versed in it.

● CBSE also helps students map out the future prospects and the path that they will take. It focuses on clearing the confusion that students often have with regards to career prospects and specialisations that they can choose once they step out of school. 

● Some of the competitive exams that are based on CBSE education – JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, NEET for those moving towards medical studies, CLAT for those inclined to law studies and others. Students have discussions to learn about these exams, their requirements and the benefits they receive from the teachers. Hence, they get absolute clarity in the choices they make.

In this way, we are certain that the CBSE curriculum looks after not only the present but also plans for the future of the student. With this assurance to every parent, GIIS International School works daily to provide the best quality of education and values so that every student has a clear and successful future.

Rupali Kaerkar

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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