Indian schools in Oman have been told to stop offering the Central Board of Secondary Education-i (CBSE-international) curriculum during the 2017-18 school year, which begins in April.
A rough calculation reveals that there are more than 1,000 Indian students following the CBSE-i syllabus in Oman in two private schools and one other school, which is supervised by the Indian school board in Oman.
In a circular distributed by the CBSE in India, those CBSE-affiliated schools located outside India that were authorised to offer the CBSE-i curriculum have now been instructed to discontinue teaching it.
“Consequently, affected students of such schools, on their promotion to next class (after the end of the existing term), would be shifted to the CBSE main curriculum,” the circular said.
Recently, the Oman government also removed CBSE-i from the international syllabus followed in Oman.
This decision has forced two private schools in Oman to drop the syllabus, leaving children in the lurch.
A parent from one of the private schools told to stop following CBSE-i, said that they now face a dilemma.
“There are around 250 children in the school. Now, they are stranded.
“However, with the help of the Indian embassy, we may get admission for our children in one of the Indian schools in the city. They will follow the ordinary CBSE syllabus,” the parent added.
Meanwhile, a parent from another private school, which was also told to stop following CBSE-i, said there are some 600 children affected by this order.
“We are in constant touch with the Indian embassy and Indian school board. We may be able to admit them to one of the Indian schools,” the parent added.
Launched in 2010 as a pilot project, CBSE-i stems from the main CBSE, with an added focus on an “internationally benchmarked curriculum”.
It had espoused dedicated classrooms, syllabus and staff for teaching the course, which is based on the main CBSE curriculum.
Source : Times of Oman