Monday, October 15, 2007

Difference in SSC / CBSE

What is the difference in CBSE and SSC?
NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) has drafted a syllabus for all boards in India. The CBSE (Central Board for Secondary Education) follows a two-language pattern and the SSC (State Board – Secondary School Certificate) a three-language pattern. The only language up to class 4 is English and the other two languages – Hindi and Marathi – start only in class 5. However, in our school we start teaching them the script in class 3 and simple words in class 4, so in class 5 the child is able to read the text book and write simple words. Both the languages follow the same script, so they have that as one extra subject in the 3rd and 4th grades.Now, about the syllabus as such, there is no significant difference in the two boards. You may remember that when you went to school, or before that, the CBSE kids would get an extra 5% added to their marks for admission to college. But since NCERT made a uniform syllabus, you don’t see that happening. That is because there is really no difference in the syllabus. The order of chapters changes a little but that is about it. The significant difference is only in the 3rd and 4th geography and 4th history syllabus. The 3rd and 4th Geography textbooks are divided into two parts. The first part of the 3rd geography textbook talks about ‘Our District’, so that is different in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur etc. obviously as that content would change. The second part is physical geography and that is identical nationwide, only the examples given change as children relate to local rivers, plateaus, plains etc. better. In 4th geography again, the first part is ‘Our State’ so that changes from state to state and the second part again is physical geography with examples given from the state. As for 4th history, Maharashtra boasts of an impressive history of the great Marathas. So that is what the history textbook deals with. It is the history of Shivaji and the Marathas. Other than that – there is no significant difference in the boards.
If the syllabus for the SSC and CBSE does not have much difference, why do the textbooks look so different?
Various reasons for that. The SSC textbooks are printed in two colours and cost between 10 and 15 rupees each. The CBSE have four colour printing and cost between 30 and 50 rupees each. So the CBSE textbook has more pages. It explains each concept in three or four different ways and so the content of the textbook increases. The SSC textbook does not do that. But if you sit down and go through the table of content and the level of detail in both the books, you will find that it is the same.
Will the child be missing out on anything by going to a SSC school instead of a CBSE school?
The answer to that question is – in this school – NO! Our planners sit down well before the academic year starts and do their R & D to find out those extra things in the CBSE textbooks and we add that into the material we give our children. In fact, the planners even find out what the CBSE textbooks have missed and add that too. In addition to that, our children even get tested on each topic to find out what they have not understood and that is again reinforced. In this way, we try to make sure that each child knows everything. So in this school, your child will not be missing out on anything at all – not academically and even not in the extra curricular activities. Its quite the opposite, actually.

2 comments:

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CBSE or Central Board of Secondary Education is one of the most popular school boards in India. The board is responsible for preparing the syllabus for class 9 to 12th, secondary and senior secondary level. Another important function of CBSE is to conduct examinations based on the prescribed syllabus.

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