International Baccalaureate Growth in India

With news of a major new IB School for Calcutta, I find myself wondering a bit about the true capacity for such high end ‘International Schools’ in India.

Telegraph India article

The article highlights that there are now around 70 IB schools in the country. However, it has been interesting over the last few years to see how these schools have evolved according to different models and approaches. As in most developing countries there are those, such as Oaktree, that make no bones about seeking to provide for the most elite elements of the society, with luxury facilities, teachers drawn from across the world and high fee levels. Then there are IB schools like TSRS that, whilst charging more than for traditional Indian curriculum, focus on utilizing the best of Indian teaching talent at a reasonable cost.

Personally, I’m a bit uncomfortable with the first model. International teachers commanding international salaries ‘parachuting in’ for a couple of years leave little in the way of legacy. Also, the educational contributions that they make are only for their immediate students from the families that can afford the very high fees. I prefer the model that sees the talents and skills of Indian teachers raised through their involvement in this International curriculum, creating a legacy and growth that creates ‘trickle down’ in the Indian education system.

With students getting admissions in Ivy league universities, and departing with no less level of internationalism in their perspectives I believe TSRS is proving that the latter model not only contributes to a greater long term legacy for the Indian education system, but doesn’t represent a compromise for the students who choose TSRS. However, I believe that the development of teachers capable of transacting such a curriculum takes time so would be concerned if the growth in numbers of IB schools in the country was too rapid.

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