CBSE-i curriculum to be discontinued from next year

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India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to discontinue CBSE International (CBSE-i), a curriculum offered in several Indian schools, from 2017-18 academic year.

In a circular published yesterday on its website CBSE informed that the CBSE-i curriculum initiated as a pilot project in 2010-11 will not be offered in schools from session 2017-18. This decision was taken due to operational difficulties including availability of quality reading material of global standards.

A large number of Indian schools in the GCC would be affected by the decision to stop CBSE International (CBSE-i) curriculum.

What is CBSE-i?

The CBSE rolled out an international curriculum, CBSE-i, in 2010, to cater to the educational needs of international students, particularly those belonging to the Indian diaspora settled abroad.

Though the core of the syllabus under the CBSE-i is based on the National Curriculum Framework 2005, that of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), it is different from the CBSE curriculum meant for schools in India.

There were reports that both CBSE and CBSE-i would be merged to form an enhanced curriculum.

“The international curriculum was primarily designed to cater to the needs of the Indian diaspora settled abroad, keeping in mind that it remains competitive with global trends and current pedagogical patterns,” an official source recently said.

What happens to the CBSE-i students?

As per the notification issued by the board:

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  • Schools located in India and abroad that have approval for CBSE-i curriculum and offer it on campus should discontinue doing so from the next academic session.
  • Students of such schools affected by this decision on their promotion to next class will be accommodated in the CBSE main curriculum.
  • Schools that offer only CBSE-i and are not affiliated with CBSE should withdraw the curriculum from the same session. They can seek regular CBSE affiliation offering main curriculum.
  • Schools located in India but not affiliated with the CBSE but approved for offering CBSE-i Curriculum on pilot basis for the approved CBSE-i curriculum classes are directed not to use the name and logo of CBSE in any form. However, they are at liberty to seek regular CBSE affiliation for offering CBSE main curriculum.

In another circular, CBSE also announced that it has abolished the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) grading system, introduced by it in 2010, and restored the annual examination system for Class X examinations from the academic year 2017-18.

However, for Class-X students appearing in Academic Year 2016-17 examination, the existing scheme of assessment would apply.

Published on 2 February 2017

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