The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has decided to offer international curriculum in Class X from the next academic term. Maharashtra government plans to introduce Secondary School Certificate International (SSC-I) programme in 100 government schools across the state in collaboration with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a not-for-profit non-teaching department of the University of Cambridge.
“Our aim is to raise the standard of secondary education under our new Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra initiative. For this, we have to ensure that our students are ahead at the national and international levels,” said Nand Kumar, General Secretary of School Education.
“We are in the process of hiring an international consultant, probably from the University of Cambridge, who will set the curriculum and also design teacher training courses. We are also planning to set up a separate international wing or board within our own State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT),” Nand Kumar added.
Talking about the move, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that schools across the state should be motivated to strive for international standards.
Under the SSC-I programme, students will be taking various international assessment tests. The tests include Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) which is an international test to assess reading achievement in fourth graders; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) which is an assessment of the mathematics & science knowledge of students of 4th and 8th grade and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which is an assessment of 15-year-old school students’ scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading.
Reportedly, the Maharashtra State Board has kicked off the process of selecting the fitting school for the programme. Earlier, it was reported that the private schools in Mumbai offering international syllabi have seen an increase in number, as the students opting for international curriculum over the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate for Secondary Education (ICSE) or the state board has grown which points to students’ growing demand for international-oriented curriculum. Following this, the government had given its nod for setting up of more international schools.