Why GIIS Leads in Learner-centred CBSE Curriculum

K P Sheeja
May 19, 2023
CBSE curriculum

Global Indian International School (GIIS) offers the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) curriculum to help students develop critical 21st-century competencies and lay a strong foundation for future success. This competency based, learner-centered curriculum ensures that students acquire knowledge and skills relevant and vital to succeed in university and beyond.

As a pioneer CBSE school in Singapore, GIIS has been instrumental in nurturing exemplary students over the last two decades. The unwavering commitment of our staff, teachers and students towards excellence is reflected in our consistent achievements and outstanding results.

GIIS students excel in CBSE 2023 Board results

In the recently announced Class 12 and 10 CBSE Board results, our GIIS SMART Campus students (2022-23 cohort) made us proud once again. The school’s overall performance was outstanding, with an average score of 87.4% for CBSE Grade 10 and 85.1% for CBSE Grade 12, emphasising our commitment to academic excellence and rigorous standards. 

The results serve as a testament to our students' hard work, dedication, excellent guidance from experienced teachers, and the undivided support of the parent community, all contributing to their remarkable success. 


Pioneer in the CBSE curriculum in Singapore

GIIS is proud to be a pioneer in offering the CBSE to students in Singapore and the entire ASEAN region. Recognised by the Indian government, the CBSE is offered from Grades 1 to 12 at GIIS SMART Campus.  It sets a strong academic base for students, along with the all-round development of students.

Adapting the CBSE curriculum to develop key 21st Century skills, GIIS has excelled in nurturing the following core skills: 

● Critical thinking. These skills help students think around problems, enabling them in later academic pursuits and at work places.

● Creative thinking. Learning to think innovatively and find outside-the-box solutions to challenges students encounter.

● Communication.  Help students become effective in interpersonal relations, community and organisational roles, entrepreneurship and leadership

● Collaboration. Learning to work with people and groups from culturally and nationally different backgrounds 

Here are some of the programmes and important aspects of our holistic approach that contribute to student’s all-round development at GIIS:

STEM education

GIIS values STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and relies heavily on experiential learning. This is instrumental in enhancing creative thinking, which benefits students in multiple ways. STEM is recognised and respected worldwide, and is an asset for students. 

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities

As much for the academics, equal emphasis is given to extracurricular and co-curricular activities (ECA/CCAs) at GIIS. Extracurricular and co-curricular activities help students grow as individuals and develop a healthy appreciation for non-academic endeavours.

9GEMS pedagogy

GIIS’s award-winning 9GEMS framework balances academic excellence with overall competency skills. 9GEMS has nine different focus areas to help students develop into well-rounded individuals. It makes learning holistic. 

● Academic excellence

● Sports excellence

● Visual and performing arts

● Personality development

● Innovation and creativity

● Entrepreneurship and leadership

● Universal values and ethics

● Community and care

● Skills development


Through 9GEMS, GIIS uses collaborative, project-based learning. Through readings, shared experiences and discussions, students learn in each of the nine focus areas. They learn together, and from one another, thereby developing their collaborative abilities.

Experienced and dedicated faculty

In addition to a well-rounded curriculum, GIIS is proud to have an excellent faculty to guide our students.

● Hands-on, experiential learning. Learning at GIIS is rigorous, practical, experimental, balanced and fun. Teachers leverage technology to facilitate hands-on education.

● Constant upgradation. Attending regular workshops and acquiring the necessary certification, our teachers are acquainted with the latest in their respective fields.

Our qualified and experienced academic team gives ample attention to individual students to navigate school life, and open the doors to the best in higher education.

Perfect springboard for university

Students doing the CBSE at GIIS are guided to make informed decisions for higher studies.  Over 100 universities have held various student-centric events at the GIIS campus, providing students and parents with a platform to connect and identify suitable programmes.

Due to their excellent results and well-rounded credentials, our graduates have been getting placements at the world’s top universities.

Standardised curriculum

The standardised government approved CBSE curriculum at GIIS means easy transition to other CBSE schools in India or anywhere in the world. The curriculum ensures uniformity in educational standards across different schools and regions, providing a consistent learning experience for students.

Also read: SMART Campus CBSE Grade 10 students set new benchmarks with outstanding board exam results

At GIIS, we understand that the world of education is constantly evolving. GIIS aims to produce students with a holistic approach, not just scholastic excellence, but also talents and life skills to meet their aspirations. With confidence we can say that students passing through the portals of GIIS are well prepared for the world of tomorrow. 

If you are keen to know more about the CBSE curriculum at GIIS, please don’t hesitate to contact our admissions counsellors.

K P Sheeja

Is the Academic Supervisor for CBSE at the GIIS SMART Campus. One of the pioneer generation of teachers with GIIS, she comes from a family of educators and has been teaching English to students for the past 25 years. She believes her job as a teacher also includes mentoring and being a friend to her students.

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