For a long time I have been meaning to write on the differences between ICSE and CBSE. The problem however was that while I was familiar with ICSE, I didn’t know too much about CBSE. Then I came across this very well written article by Chitra Aiyer.
If you are seeking admissions for your child in Indian schools, you are likely to ponder over the syllabuses to choose from. The present system of education in India offers students various options for their Class X examination. ……. In this post, I will list what people have to say about the CBSE and the ICSE syllabuses.
She goes on to describe in detail the differences between ICSE and CBSE, and is definitely worth reading.
However, with other choices being available now (namely, IGCSE and IB), this choice becomes a little more confusing. I would recommend to focus more on the school than on the curriculum. (Read my post: Choosing A School). At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what curriculum your child studies in. All curriculums will teach math, science, history, geography, etc.. However, what kind of teachers are there, what is the student-teacher ratio, what are the homework and examination policies….will determine the stress level your child goes through. In addition, the type of extra-curricular activites offered by the school - sports, debates, art, music, dance, yoga, etc.. - will determine the all-round development of your child. Also, how long the commute to school is will determine the amount of down-time your child gets at the end of the day…..which is a very important factor as your child enters the higher grades, and there is more to study.