Students of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Board will soon have a chance to get an international schooling degree. Starting on a pilot basis from next year, the state government, along with Cambridge International, will offer students the option to take up SSC-I or SSC-International in as many as 100 Zilla Parishad schools.
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If the pilot scheme is successful, the option will be offered to any state-board affiliated school that applies for it.
The actual change will be implemented in teaching patterns which would move away from rote-based learning to focusing on problem solving and skill development in the real world, said Nand Kumar, principal secretary, school education and sports department, Maharashtra.
“We want to ensure that the quality of education offered in the state board schools matches international
standards… Initially, the scheme will be launched in only 100 ZP schools, on which the state government has direct control, so that we can monitor the implementation…. we can extend the programme to all state board affiliated schools… ,” he said.
Planned on the lines of CBSE-I or CBSE International, the programme will include a global curriculum offered by the Board. The international curriculum has a new approach to the teaching-learning process that aims to promote creative and critical thinking, communication skills and collaborative skills among students, with an emphasis on research and social-oriented learning. Students will also get a chance to choose elected and core subjects as per their aptitude.
The programme will also prepare students to take various international assessments tests, said Kumar. However, principals of SSC-board affiliated schools seemed wary of the idea.
Nandkumar Kakirde, secretary of Bhartiya Bhavan, said that the government needs to first clarify why such a programme was needed. “Why not work on the existing syllabus and strengthen it? Is there a need for this?” he asked.