If ’Knowledge is Power’ as goes the popular saying, then it is extremely important for the students in this country to get the right education from the right source while they are in schools for not just building a strong foundation of knowledge but also to expand their mental horizon in the right direction. Now-a-days, the parents want the best possible education for their children but the presence of multiple boards- CBSE, ICSE and State Boards, with their respective pros and cons, make the situation difficult for them in zeroing upon the best source of ‘holistic’ education for their children. It has also been observed often that in order to cover up for the shortcomings of a particular board, children are made to attend tuition and other coaching classes after school hours which leave almost no time for them to play and relax.
Over the years a number of schools affiliated to various boards across cities have mushroomed and each of them promise to offer the best set of infrastructure, challenging environment, superior teaching quality etc.
The different boards existing have their own sets of qualities which make them unique. While State Boards are course oriented, the CBSE board is more application based and the ICSE board is in depth. The CBSE syllabus is comparatively more rational and scientific in its approach. It has been designed for a specific year and is divided into various segments and every segment is given a specific number of periods so that it can be completely and thoroughly taught in one year. The course content in CBSE is more focused towards science and mathematics with lots of attention paid to application of knowledge. The State Boards have an education system aligned to the standards of that particular state. CISCE (ICSE), on the other hand, is more balanced with equal focus on language, arts and science. However, all the boards have undergone a significant change over the last decade and the focus has shifted from passive learning to learning through experience and experimentation.
With all these different boards and their allied techniques, it becomes difficult for a student to be able to cope up during the higher education because students from different boards come up together in one classroom to attend a particular course. Many laggards emerge in such classrooms not because of their inherent weaknesses but due to the weaknesses imposed on them by their primary level education system. Thus the need of the hour is to unify all these boards into a single parent body. They should be aligned in terms of their curriculum, course structure, process of teaching and grooming. An evaluation body should emerge that will integrate the positive aspects of various present boards and will thus create a more coherent, homogenous and application-based learning atmosphere in the country at the primary level.