6 reasons why IGCSE will serve your child better than SSC
Ifyou went through the SSC board, you might admit
that a large chunk of the course material that you
spent those 10 years laboring over, in fact goes
unused or under-used. What if you could accumulate
learnings and skills at that stage which would better
equip you for university, and further for the
workplace or marketplace? Imagine starting out with
useable skills, which can be honed in university and
applied to today’s creative and business processes.
There is a long list of international schools in
Mumbai that will prepare your child better for the real
Where all of SSC’s course material is
theory-based, with extra-curricular
activities like sports, computer-literacy and a
few laboratory experiments haphazardly
thrown in, International General
Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
achieves overall growth and development by offering a
wide scope of subjects that are application-based and divided
into 5 areas:
• Business – Creative - Technical - Vocational
• and Humanities and Social Sciences.
This is refreshing as compared to SSC’s fixed list of subjects.
Also, your child can choose any language –
MARATHI IS NOT COMPULSORY!
international recognition. Schools
like RIMS International in
India offer courses in affiliation
The course is comparable to British GCSE &
International O level. So basically, you give your child a
GLOBAL EDUCATION IN MUMBAI.
You know the drill at the SSC level,
you have one year to prepare and some
schools will be kind enough to teach you a
section of the portion during class 9.
However, at a RIMS International,
classes 9 and 10 have the same
course material, portion and textbooks,
in addition to class 8 being the
preparatory phase for the IGCSE board
exam – also taken at the end of class 10.
Picture that whole two-year edge before appearing for a board
exam! Your child could enjoy that advantage over his or her
peers studying in SSC schools simply by studying at an
International Schools in Mumbai.
Everything about SSC is exam-oriented.
You might argue that evaluation has a role
to play in a child’s development, but SSC’s
approach to it ends up encouraging students to
take in large chunks of formation
for short period culminating in the
exam – much of it is forgotten soon
IGCSE schools in Mumbai and elsewhere hold
Achievement Tests annually, towards the close
of classes 1-7 and there is what is called a Checkpoint Test at
the end of Class 8 and nearly 80 % of questions
approach to exams is very
textbook based – where all question
papers, save for English perhaps, are based on
textbooks, limiting the students ability
to develop and apply skills (instead, focusing
completely on the accumulation of information – what we
commonly call “by-hearting”).
However, your child’s development at a ‘RIMS
International’ school would be conducted
through a host of assessment processes
that complement the formal written exams
- orals, practicals, projects and
coursework of various types.
Don’t you think it’s an irony that right
through school, you’re taught to
compete with your peers and never share
notes but when the workplace comes along
you’re expected to collaborate with your colleagues
and share best practices? At IGCSE schools
students are given tips on how to deal with
stress and notes are exchanged. Moreover, just as
managers in the workplace are expected to get the best out of
their team, teachers are equipped with study kits to get the best
out of their students.
Courses at RIMS International also, put
tremendous focus on developing a student’s
oratory skills (your child will probably be more confident at
his first big presentation than you were at yours). They also
inculcate an investigative, solution-driven approach to
Drastically reducing the
pressure on a student, IGCSE
grades students, rather than
giving them marks. The grades are
Grades- A*, A, B, C, D, E, F where A* indicates top-level
There is no question of ‘fail’
even at the board exam level
IF your attendance is up to the