“ When people have too many choices, they make bad choices.” – Thom Browne
These days you see so many choices around from clothes to movies and in this hullabaloo, the education sector has not left behind for sure. Nowadays, the confusion doesn’t limit to which school to search for your kid, it has branched further to which board to choose – CBSE, IB or ICSE board.
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Zedua brings to you the complete information from the functions of ICSE board to ICSE pattern along with benefits and disadvantages to help you choose the best from the lot. Zedua is here to answer all your questions.
What is the ICSE Board?
The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) was established in the year 1958 to administer the examination conducted in India by the Cambridge University. This council conducts the Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) for Std. 10th and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) for Std. 12th. This is a private national-level board of education in India with English as the recommended medium of instruction.
What are the salient features of ICSE Curriculum?
Following are the salient features of the ICSE curriculum as per cisce.org:
- The curriculum is designed in such a way that it balances academics and extra-curricular activities that encourage students to pursue the skill of their choice apart from academics.
- English is considered as the recommended language of instruction with no exception. Literature is given equal importance with other subjects that encourage language development of the students. These days, literature is gaining back its popularity and being multilingual will certainly prove beneficial for the child in future.
- The board also includes art education as a part of its curriculum which improves visual-spatial skills in the kids.
- ICSE also implements theme-based learning, a technique that identifies the skills of the child and encourages him to her to learn through various projects and experiences.
- The teaching process is quite interactive and constructive involving every child in the process by identifying the intellectual potential.
- The teacher-student is ratio is less compared to CBSE and state board which promotes individual attention to each student.
What differentiates ICSE from CBSE, IB and the state board?
- ICSE is more practical or skill-based as compared to the CBSE and the state boards.
- This board follows more or less the same stream of subjects as CBSE with a few additions and more focus on literature while IB has a completely different set of the syllabus.
- One of the important differences is that ICSE board has a prescribed set of textbooks as CBSE and state boards as opposed to IB.
What are the benefits of ICSE board?
- The ICSE board syllabus is all-inclusive that promotes holistic development of the students.
- Since the ICSE curriculum framework includes art education and focuses on literature as much as math and social sciences, it helps students with more inclination towards these subjects and with the intention of pursuing them further.
- The teaching-learning methodology used in the curriculum is more project-based and hands-on thus actually helping the child improve its problem-solving capability and learn the subject from the core.
- Also, ICSE students have an edge over other children in terms of their command over English and grammar.
- Moreover, schools affiliated to the ICSE board offer good facilities as compared to other schools.
What are the disadvantages of ICSE syllabus?
- Syllabus might be too extensive and difficult compared to CBSE and state board especially when the grades get higher.
- Students from ICSE schools cannot be admitted to non-ICSE schools.
- Since ICSE is still a niche in many parts of the country, it becomes difficult to find an ICSE school or an ICSE qualified private tutors if you are new to any city.
- Since the facilities offered by these schools are luxurious, the teaching methodologies used are modern and the staff is highly qualified, the schools fees are generally high as compared to CBSE and state boards.
- Furthermore, since the curriculum is more project-based, it is more exhaustive from the working parents to keep up with the number of projects the child gets from the school and help with the same.
- In India, CBSE is the most recognized certification, ICSE is recognized by a few registered institutes only.
This sums up the article from the objectives of ICSE board to the pros and cons of ICSE board. Everything you need to need before you make a decision. This board provides education and a learning environment that promotes holistic development of the students. While on the other hand, it is expensive for the pocket. It is important to consider all the pros and cons of the curriculum that best suits your child’s personality and intellect and then start your school search. But there’s always one thing to remember, Zedua is always there for you from choosing the right board to the perfect school for your kid.
We are coming up with similar articles about the other boards – CBSE and IB, stay tuned!!
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Note: The ICSE syllabus 2020 with its rules and regulations is available on cisce.org.
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