IGCSE Board - Gurukul of Modern India

  • 29 November
  • School Blogger

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
? Albert Einstein


India is a country that had preached the “Gurukul” culture for centuries. Schools were the literal homes to the kids and the teachers or the gurus were equivalent to God. Our country also witnessed the time when education was vaguely important. But after India gained its independence, the abundance of attention was given by the Indian constitution and the government to improve the literacy rate and education standards. Several good institutions and policies were initiated to aid the same objective and it has become a primary area of focus ever since.


Several state boards formulated, with an ideology to teach the state’s culture (language and history) along with the curriculum to the coming generations. A centralized board was also founded in 1962 to serve as a common education board throughout the country. With the booming economy and globalization, some international boards also entered the Indian education system. IGCSE is one of the major international boards we have today and it is opening doors to new ways of learning and even more interesting ways of teaching. Teachers are now the guides and facilitators to the students. These boards are changing this relationship enormously.


International boards are responsible for introducing us with innovative curriculum and stress-free teaching methods. More practical means are adopted by teachers to explain theories and new lessons. The focus stays on teaching kids as much as possible at school. Many international boards do not provide any homework up-to a certain standard except vacation assignments, which are also in accordance with the capability of the age group. Kids are themselves willing to do their assignments on their own.


International boards have a much interesting grading system. Students are promoted to focus on all-round development rather than pure academic performance. Extra-curricular is given equal importance and not considered as an extra or side subject. Kids are rewarded for their creative ideas, research and innovations not just based on the length of answers they write in exams. As the standard advances, students stay focused on skill-based education rather than mugging concepts without understanding their applications.


Albert Einstein once said everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Education should be about developing credibility in kids, which gives them the capability to explore their own horizons and if necessary create one of their own.



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