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International Baccalaureate programme in school

Meera Srinivasan

CHENNAI: The city’s school education space has got more exciting with one more school offering the globally recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. The M.Ct.M. International School now offers the two year-programme, targeted at students aged 16 to 19 years. It will enable them to gain admission for undergraduate programmes in universities of repute in India and abroad.

The IB programmes is popular in the United States for their international focus aimed at helping students to fit into increasingly multi-cultural societies. It emphasises quality in learning and skill development.

It essentially has three different levels for children in different age groups. The Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12 years is aimed at development of the child in the classroom and the world outside. The Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16 years, seeks to provide a framework of academic challenge and life skills.

The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 years is a demanding two-year curriculum that leads to a qualification recognised by many universities around the world. M.Ct.M. International School offers the diploma programme, which, according to its head Jayanthi Thiagarajan, is rather challenging. The American International School, Taramani, also offers the programme.

However, it offers great flexibility to students and gives them opportunities to build on their areas of strength, she explains. “Students good at a particular subject could opt for the higher level subject and others could choose the standard level, which is less challenging.” Those pursuing the higher level of a subject would be on par with a second year college student who may use advanced ways of application. The standard level would correspond to the regular Plus Two level.

Apart from conventional subjects such as language, mathematics and sciences, students also have the option of choosing courses in subjects such as music and visual arts. “We are also considering including subjects like dance next year to make our curriculum more vibrant.”

Any student meeting the age criteria could apply. Admission for this academic year closes on August 30. Students would be made to take a test for assessing language and numerical ability. A career counsellor would meet the students once a week to talk on different opportunities, scholarships available worldwide. “This is also part of the regular time table.” The Indian learning system has its unique advantages. “What we are trying to do is to fit that in a broader global framework,” said Ms. Thiagarajan. More details are available at http://www.mctmib.org.

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