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IB, Cambridge-affiliated schools leap in popularity
MUMBAI: Over the past decade, the number of schools affiliated to the two most popular international boards—Cambridge and IB—saw an almost four- and three-fold increase in India, respectively. Maharashtra topped the charts for both the boards, reveals data.
Data provided by International Baccalaureate (IB) shows the number of schools authorized by the board was 45 in 2007, which went up to 217 by 2017. However, not all who start sustain. Currently, there are 137 schools offering programmes in the country.
Schools affiliated to Cambridge Assessment International Education increased from 100 in 2006 to 430 last year.
‘Parents drive international school demand’
Officials said 30-40 schools were added each year. “The steady increase of authorized schools can be seen from 2013 to 2016—when 26 schools were authorized, the highest-ever. Since its first authorized school in 1976, till 2005, 28 IB programmes have been offered. In the next 10 years, programmes offered via authorized schools rose to 201. About 29 additional IB programmes are under review for authorization from schools,” said a spokesperson of IB, headquartered in Geneva.