MatriKiran an ICSE school in Gurgaon is extremely sensitive and comforting to all the parents who visit the campuses to seek admission for their children. The team at MatriKiran understands how difficult it is for parents to select the right school for their children. Parents go through a tedious evaluation process before making this important decision. The quality of teachers, support staff, security and facilities are basic parameters for parents in their search for the best school.
Parents must have a thorough understanding of the different educational boards, as all of them follow a distinct curriculum.
The primary boards of school education in India are the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the different state boards. Some schools also follow the curriculum set by international boards such as International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE).
The international boards promote practical and application-based learning. They have a broader spectrum of subjects that lead to all-round development of children. Students can select a mix of subjects in grades 11th and 12th, which gives them more flexibility to explore their interests.
International boards are not only meant for students who want to go abroad for higher education but also for students who decide to stay in India for higher education. The CIE board has changed their exam schedule to suit the admissions process of Indian colleges. The IB board gives predictive scores, which are accepted by all the top colleges in India.
Indian boards impart immense amount of information to the students; though the applicability of that information in real-life situations is not always understood by the students. With the student-teacher ratio being much higher, the individual attention for the student is limited; the focus is more on year-end examinations. Under Indian boards, students are guided to choose a subject stream (Science, Commerce, Arts) after 10th standard, though some schools do give the students some flexibility with subject choice.
The syllabi of all boards, Indian or International, are similar but the delivery and pedagogy differ significantly. For example, MatriKiran follows Integration of subjects through project based experiential learning.
Elementary years help students to develop good social habits. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of the “joy of learning” with focus on language enrichment, numeracy and general awareness. Physical activity for 45 minutes every day is mandatory. There is evidence that high-quality play-based learning enriches educational development in later stages of development as well.
In junior school, qualities such as attention span, perseverance, concentration and problem solving are developed. Once engaged meaningfully, students are motivated to refine their work and increase the challenge for themselves.
In the middle school, MatriKiran promotes an investigation-based, application-oriented learning, wherein the students develop critical thinking and research skills. With a well laid-out project-based learning system, students constantly, keep their curiosity and inquiry alive. The focus is not on the amount of knowledge gained, but on how to gather the knowledge and how to apply it. Learning is relatively stress-free with continuous evaluations in every subject.
In MatriKiran, we work around interactive teaching and greater individual attention, encourage learning beyond the academic, invite introspection and emphasise on qualitative rather than quantitative education. MatriKiran believes in empowering the teachers and students to design and direct learning. Teachers are well looked after, well-trained and respected by parents, valued and trusted by the school management.