Due to the escalating novel corona virus, International Baccalaureate (IB) has decided to promote class 10 and 12 students without conducting annual exams. The assessment of the candidates will be done on the basis of the yearly internal exams and research work assigned throughout the year. This decision was implemented in Jayshree Periwal International School, Jaipur, and is the first time in history, when the IB Board has cancelled any of its exams.
IB Board exams are held in the month of May and the result is announced by June. However, looking at the situation the Board is concerned that exams will not be held within the usual timeline. Hence, has decided to directly promote the students.
It is not the only board which is directly promoting the students. CBSE, UP, Tamil Nadu etc. state boards are also promoting students without the exam. However, these boards are implementing direct promotion only on non-board classes. The decision regarding class 10 and 12 is yet to be made, post lockdown after evaluating the situation.
International Baccalaureate is an international board which focuses on the “concept of understanding”. It provides education of major, as well as, vocational subjects like music, computer science, business administration, etc. The students have free will to select the subjects, as per the convenience. Due to this, the Board focuses the entire year on research and internals and can evaluate students’ performances.
On the other hand, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national board set up to provide high-quality education. The bard focuses on following an ongoing curriculum. The board conducts pre-boards for class 10 and 12, which are held on a half yearly basis. Other than this, the students are assessed 80% on the basis of performance in board exams and 20% on the basis of project. Due to this, it is difficult to promote CBSE class 10 and 12 students on the basis of internal and project work.
IB and CBSE are among two of the most popular school boards in India. Yet, there is a wide difference among the two. While CBSE is the largest school board in India, IB allows easy movement globally. One of the most striking differences between the two boards is that teacher training in IB is exhaustive and regular. Whereas, in CBSE it is less regular.
However, CBSE is beneficial for those who aim to crack national level entrance exams. The students who aim to work on thesis, research etc. shall find IB board more beneficial.