CBSE International curriculum vs regular CBSE curriculum

CBSE - i

CBSE started an international curriculum in 2010 which is referred by CBSE-i. The board took this step to cater to Indian students, who are staying overseas. CBSE-i started in different phases, in phase one it got implemented in 25 schools in middle-east and south Asia as a pilot project for class I to IX. Later the board then extended it to other schools in abroad in second phase and to select Indian school in third phase. The syllabus is based on the guidelines provided by the National Curriculum Framework and the National Council for Education Research and Training.

Differences between CBSE and CBSE-i

Though the affiliation is same for both the patterns, which is worldwide, there is a major difference in curriculum. CBSE-i consist of Languages, performing arts, visual arts, physical education, social science, life skills, research project, science and mathematics through the options of electives and core subjects while CBSE consist of just three streams which are science, commerce and humanities. In CBSE the evaluation is done through board exams while CBSE-i have a grading system based on the work done. CBSE is from grade I to grade XII while CBSE-i is till grade XI.

Why CBSE-i is better?

CBSE-i is an enquiry and skill based curriculum wherein the board aims to promote critical and creative thinking skills, effective communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills and information and media skills. CBSE-i provides opportunity for extended learning and helps develop perspectives, with emphasis on research orientation and social empowerment. It has a globalized approach, whilst incorporating locally relevant components depending on where the school is located, and Science has an added enrichment component. Key subjects like English, Second Language, Science, Mathematics, and Social Science have a new learning approach as well. Hence, CBSE-i is a pioneering approach by CBSE to deliver education with a global outlook.