Jyoti Gupta, Principal, Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad, says the school is teaching NCERT syllabus with the approach followed by IB. In the interview she also explains why the schools chose to offer IB board. Read the complete interview with the principal of Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad below.
Careers360: DPSG has been a CBSE school, why has it decided to offer IB?
Jyoti: The impetus behind adopting this challenging curriculum has been its academic rigour and the emphasis it places on critical thinking and intercultural understanding which empowers the student. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the IB curriculum is that it fosters a spirit of learning through questioning and discovery -- the finding out of the ‘why’, not just the learning of ‘what’.
Careers360: What might be the advantages of pursuing IB vis-a-via the other boards?
Jyoti: Other boards focus on rote learning and a lot of emphasis is laid on assessments. The idea of research and experiential learning is missing to a large extent in even the leading educational boards of the country. The IB programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.
Careers360: How does IB give any special advantage to its students in terms of getting admission in foreign universities?
Jyoti: IBDP student will have an edge over other Indian Boards in terms of getting admission in foreign universities. University admissions around the world are getting competitive by the day. Admission officers are increasingly looking for other evidence that a student will succeed in the university - such as exposure to quality curriculum, research abilities, an international outlook and social service – all enhanced by the IBDP.
Careers360: As IB is an expensive course, so is it only for the rich?
Jyoti: A small but growing minority of parents is becoming accustomed to the idea that if they want high quality education for their children, they have to pay for it. All parents accept that the IB PYP and DP that we offer to our students is excellent. Even the highly professional teacher -training programmes delivered by IB experts are necessary to compliment the board’s curriculums. Moreover, the IB management is flexible about the norms it imposes on candidate schools. For instance, in our case, after careful scrutiny and investigation the board has relaxed its teacher pupil norm to enable us to keep our primary school fees low.
Careers360: It is observed that students who wish to pursue careers in the sciences (medical and engineering) tend not to take up IB...
Jyoti: This is not true! IB students do take sciences. The subject choices are such that students can take even three sciences to meet the requirement of Indian medical and engineering entrances.
Careers360: What is the future of IB in India?
Jyoti: The world of today’s child is multi-polar and beset with complex problems. These can be solved only when they have an in-depth understanding of the diverse society. A natural corollary to this fact is us embracing IB in its true spirit and thereby equipping the students with the necessary tools to address problems that don’t yet exist.