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HRD Ministry mulls new policy to regulate global schools


  • There exist around 600 international schools in the country, all of them affiliated to three foreign boards — the International Baccalaureate (IB) based in Geneva, Cambridge International Education (CIE) and Edexcel based in the UK.
  • According to a survey commissioned by the ministry, the number of IB schools alone has increased 10 times between 2003 and 2013.
  • The sharp rise in the number of international schools across India has sparked a debate within HRD ministry on whether to bring in a new policy.
  • The biggest perceived advantage of studying in an international school is that it facilitates a smoother transition for pursuing higher education in a foreign country.
  • According to a survey conducted by National University for Educational Planning and Administration, an autonomous body that helps the HRD ministry draft policies and legislations on education.
  • International schools are also becoming more popular because of the perception that they encourage creativity and free thinking.
  • The policy, according to the proposal, will be enforced by a regulatory authority that the government will have to set up especially to meet requirements and has to be affiliated.

Source: ET

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