The fact that almost all the parents and guardians want their children or wards to excel in academics needs no second opinion. With globalization having become the ‘order of the day’ this aspiration has attained a newer degree. It pertains to the hopes that the children’s education must be in tune with the trends abroad, and also at par with a prestigious global recognition.
Fortunately, there should be no more such worries, courtesy select institutions in India that have chosen to teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) syllabus till the post-Higher Secondary levels. Thus, one can opine that International Baccalaureate High Schools have made their presence felt in India. Children in such schools are aptly nurtured so as to enable them step into the portals of any college around the world since IB is recognized in both hemispheres of the globe.
However, to earn IB’s affiliation is a tough proposition for the schools as the prescribed parameters are rigid. So far, the apex council of IB has accredited almost 4000 schools from around the world. Over one million students are taught the unique and personality development-oriented syllabus of IB by 70,000 teachers in these institutions.
Schools stand to gain numerous benefits by opting for this curriculum. Some of these advantages are access to –
- High quality programmes of education, which support development of knowledgeable, scientific temperament and also curiosity among the students
- Professional development that supports effective teachers, resource persons and associated professional learning communities
- A worldwide network of highly respected IB World Schools, working in unison to share best academic practices
Almost every day of the year, there is scope for personal interaction as well as online learning opportunities. This has left a positive impact among the staff at IB World Schools in India.
Thus, each of such progressive institutions, be it from any location in the country, is regarded as an International School in India. In 1983, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) acknowledged the credentials of IB course. Consequently, it has been recognized as an entry qualification (equivalent to + 2 qualification of an Indian Board) to all universities in India.
Another plus factor in favour of IB was that it has been very supportive and useful for those students who wish to remain in India for their undergraduate studies. This has been a boon for thousands of students, particularly the NRIs (non-resident Indians) or expatriates.
A global survey of the schools pursuing this syllabus conducted between 2013 and 2015 revealed that the students in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) fared far better than non-IB students. This study was carried out as part of an International Schools’ Assessment exercise.
It was also noted that students from IB affiliated schools obtained their diploma and graduate scrolls faster than their peers. On a confident note, these students successfully took up college-level course tasks involving time-bound research. The versatile IB syllabi have prompted the students to cultivate multi-cultural ethos in value-based education and thereby mould them into responsible future citizens.