How to choose the right school board for your child

Here are answers to a few questions you may have about shifting your child from one school board to another.

By Ram Shankar

How to choose the right school board for your child

Deciding on moving your child from one school board to another (Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to State Board or vice versa) can be quite difficult. This article tries to provide answers to a few questions that often arise when you are planning to shift your child from one school board to another.

What are the different boards of school education in India?

The primary boards of school education in India are the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the different state boards. We also have the curriculum set by international boards such as International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE), which are followed by some schools.

Why do parents wish to shift their children from one board to another?

The main reason for the change of school boards is better chances of success in competitive exams. This will mean being able to secure admission in premier institutes which impart quality higher education.

When it comes to various boards, CBSE is the popular choice compared to other boards, as it lays emphasis on analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills. These skills help students to prepare better for competitive exams.

But an interesting trend is noted in some states like Tamil Nadu. Here, many students shift from CBSE to the State Board after passing class 10. They do so because they believe that it is easier to secure higher marks in class 12 exams conducted by the State Board than in the CBSE Board exams.

When to change boards?

Class 8 is considered the ideal time to shift to the CBSE curriculum. But if you want to educate your child in an international school, it is better to shift early, as the teaching methodology in these schools are highly practice-oriented.

What to expect after a change of board?

Once a child changes boards, he has to make changes to his learning method. Remember, trying to change the learning style, keeping up with the pace of peers and adopting to the new syllabus can put the child under pressure.

What is the best board for my child?

This depends on the career aspirations of your child. If she is interested in studying professional courses such as medicine and engineering, studying the CBSE curriculum helps. The CBSE curriculum encourages problem-solving skills, which helps in clearing competitive exams. However, many students of state boards also clear competitive examinations with proper coaching.

If you want your child to receive holistic education with equal importance to linguistics, arts and science, studying the ICSE syllabus is a better option. But if you aspire to move out of India and settle down in a foreign country, then admit your child into a school teaching the IB or IGCSE syllabus.

It is important to consult experts or counsellors if you are unable to decide on the choice of school board. Do not rely on the opinion of friends and relatives with limited knowledge in the subject, which may inadvertently add to the confusion.


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