Because of the lack of quality reading materials of world standard, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to discontinue its international curriculum CBSE-i from the next academic session that is 2017-18.
The board issued a circular to this effect on Thursday, 2nd February 2017, and directed all the schools under its ambit that are offering the course to move their students to the main curriculum when the current season comes to an end.
The move will have a great impact on 76 schools, both in India and abroad. Out of these 76 schools, 50 schools are from India and remaining 26 schools are from United Arab Emirates, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal and offer Gulf countries that offer the curriculum. It was a less expensive course and alternative to International General Certificate of Secondary Education and International Baccalaureate (IB).
MK Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Research and Academic Training In-charge, issued the notice citing the reasons for discontinuation of the programme. Under the notification, CBSE-affiliated schools offering the CBSE-i curriculum have been directed to discontinue the course from 2017-18. Students after being promoted to the next class will be shifted to the main curriculum.
The teachers of RN Podar School for primary classes in Mumbai, Santacruz expressed their comprehensions. One of the teachers of the school said that they have shifted the children back to the main curriculum, but luckily they are saved from the problem as they were teaching the curriculum in the primary section only.
Even schools not affiliated to CBSE but offering CBSE-i have been told to drop it. These schools can seek regular CBSE affiliation and they can offer the main curriculum.