With an increasing demand for foreign education and an enhanced awareness about the international curriculum, more and more parents are sending their children to International Schools. These schools have been growing in India with more students opting for the International Baccalaureate programmes at school level that ensure an all-round development. They also instill creativity and the power of free thinking which is important in today’s globalised society.
Earlier, only high-class families could send their kids to foreign countries for education. But now the trend has expanded to include people of middle-class families as international schools have made it more affordable. The multilingual and multiracial environment is necessary for students who want to opt for international universities later so as to get accustomed.
Not just International Baccalaureate, but other programmes from the UK like the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) and Edexcel both from the UK have a lot of affiliated schools in India as well. These are spread across 19 Indian states.
However, many schools have come up which use the word, ‘International’ without any affiliation to international schooling programmes. So the HRD ministry has recommended the setting up of International Schools Regulatory Authority (ISRA), to keep things in check.
The authority would regulate the specifications, percentage of international students and the student teacher ratio along with setting up of infrastructure and curriculum. It will also decide the ratio of international to local teachers for these institutions.
The authority shall also take cognizance of schools having a dual affiliation to international boards and national boards (CBSE, CISCE and state boards.)
Also, many schools have applied for affiliation to IB programmes without registration or authentication and hence the authority needs to keep an eye on the proceedings.