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International Baccalaureate looks to expand footprint in India



The International Baccalaureate (IB) Board is actively pursuing its expansion plans in India by partnering with various state governments and seeking authorisation for 100 new schools nationwide. The list of schools awaiting IB approval encompasses government-run institutions, including those operated by the Delhi Board of School Education, Haryana School Education Board, and Mumbai Public School, among others.

While the IB Board has traditionally been associated with prestigious educational institutions in India, it is now exploring the implementation of its globally recognised educational framework in public schools across the country.

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, the Director General of the IB Organisation (IBO), acknowledged that the IB curriculum is more commonly offered by public schools worldwide compared to India. However, he highlighted the increasing interest in India for adopting the IB school model and emphasised the importance of understanding the local context and addressing the specific needs of the Indian audience.