Mar 22 2012
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Confusion over CBSE curriculum
Thursday, Mar 22, 2012
Dubai Students and parents continue to express doubt over the effectiveness of the Central Board of Secondary Education — International curriculum.
One of the Indian schools in which it was recently introduced has already decided to withdraw it from the next academic year.
Parents whose children have studied the curriculum for the last two years say that while the idea is good, there was a lack of coordination between the schools and the board.
CBSE-I was introduced in 2010 for Grade 9 and Grade 1 and was continued for Grade 10 and 2 the following year.
Among the schools that adopted the syllabus were Indian High School, GEMS Millennium School and Our Own Indian School, Al Quoz, which will withdraw its use.
“First of all the board didn’t seem to have the resources and wasn’t prepared to introduce it at a higher level, that is where the problem arose,” said parent Uma Shankar.
“They shouldn’t have introduced it to 9th and 10th grades because it is difficult to adopt a new system at such a higher level.”
A teacher, who requested anonymity, agreed.
“There was a general lack of coordination and it was frustrating for us,” the teacher said.
Responding to concerns
GEMS Education confirmed it is discontinuing the curriculum at Our Own Indian High School while continuing it at another.
“Two of our schools were involved in the initial trial of CBSE-I two years ago,” David Wilson, director of Asian schools and chief academic officer for India at GEMS Education, told Gulf News.
“Responding to these concerns and respecting the professional judgment of our excellent Principals, it has been decided to continue the CBSE-I in one school only, the Millennium School, Dubai.”
Mohammad Darwish, Chief of the Regulations and Compliance Commission at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said that since the school was piloting the new curriculum, there was no question of it being discontinued or changed.
“The pilot project was given a go-ahead,” he said.
“Schools requesting for any changes in the KHDA Educational Services Permit must provide a justification for the same and provide details of the new curriculum chosen.”
By Shafaat Shahbandari ?and Rayeesa Absal?Staff Reporters
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