Myths and Facts about IB

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Myths and Facts about IB

Date posted: Aug 17, 2016 11:09 AM       Posted by: Beulah Joy Lejano

Myths and Facts

Myth:  UNESCO funds the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Fact:   The United Nations Educated Service and Culture Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the 20th Century Fund, and the Ford Foundation originally funded the International Baccalaureate (IB) until 1976 ONLY.

From 1977, however, the HSC (Heads Standing Conference of DP (Diploma Program) schools was created, where it was agreed that schools will now pay an IB annual subscription fee, meaning, it became the MAIN SOURCE of funding for the IB.

Myth:  Local or state or federal taxpayer money is used for the IB implementation.

Fact:   UNESCO provides IB a small on-going grant to fund a teacher training program in Cambodia to train much-needed teachers in the impoverished country.

It is true, though, that there are countries whose governments made financial contributions (meaning, taxpayers’ money is spent) for the implementation of IB but only for STATE SCHOOLS, and on a reduced basis.


Myth:  The United Nations and its education arm, UNESCO controls IB to use the “one world citizen” teaching methods and create an “international education system” that undermines the host country’s  educational system standards.  

Fact:   Though the IB was founded in Geneva, Switzerland and originally funded by the UNESCO, its main purpose is to provide an IB education to students of all ages, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, language, social class, and physical or emotional disability.

The relationship of IB with the UN and its agencies does not have any influence over its curriculum development or assessments.


Myth:  The host country’s government has no control or say over the implementation of the IB system in its public schools.

Fact:   Public schools are required to abide by the laws implemented by local and state authorities, but it does not apply to foreign entities.

IB is a foreign entity. Nevertheless, the school has 100 percent authority to determine how to implement the IB program. 

Key Facts

  • The IB program is currently being offered by about 4,500 schools in 147 countries around the world, serving almost 1.5 million students.
  • IB is a highly intensive and rigorous curriculum with a hard-earned reputation for equipping students for post-secondary education and beyond.
  • The IB diploma is an internationally-recognized entry requirement used by most universities around the world.
  • IB students are believed to possess a strong sense of their identity and nationality. Their well-roundedness in the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of their lives provides them with the highest potentials to participate and thrive in the global community.'
  • Employers from different industries value IB diploma holders because they have many 'transferable skills' such as communication, time management, independent working, and such that are needed to perform well in their job.

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