Hyderabad, 18 February 2013 -- Over a hundred teachers from across India gathered at the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad as part of an ongoing commitment by the Academy and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) to the professional development of teachers in the region.
The thirteen workshops, which attracted over 100 teachers, come only weeks after an agreement between the IB and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) that equates the completion of the IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) with Grade 10 of an Indian Board assessment. Students who have completed the MYP are now entitled to apply for admission for higher studies in any school or Junior College in India.
“It is a very important milestone for the Aga Khan Academy and for International Baccalaureate schools in India and abroad,” said John Puddefoot, Head of the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad. “IB diploma students are already sought out by major universities in Europe and North America, so this decision opens the way for IB students who complete our Middle Years Programme to be accepted at all Indian junior colleges. It also reinforces the acceptance of the IB by all Indian universities as well.”
Mr. Puddefoot spoke at the opening of a regional workshop for IB teachers being held at the new Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad. Teachers from around India and from further afield were hosted by the Academy, which is itself an IB World School for the Diploma programme and one of only a few schools in India offering all three stages of the programme: the Primary Years Programme (for 3-12 year olds); the Middle Years Programme (11-16 year olds); and the IB Diploma for 16-19 year olds.
The Aga Khan Academy hosts such professional development workshops as part of its mission to improve education generally, not only for its own teachers but also for other teachers in the region. The current workshops -- provided by the International Baccalaureate Organisation -- are designed to improve teaching and offer professional development opportunities to teachers in the IB system. IB teachers are expected to complete the training on a periodic basis as part of a process of life-long learning.
Although the full International Baccalaureate Diploma (typical awarded at age 18 or 19) has been recognized by the Association of Indian universities as an entry qualification to all universities in India since 1983 (renewed in 2010), the recognition of the MYP programme -- the academic stage before the two-year IB diploma course -- is further validation of the IB curriculum’s strength.
Ian Chambers, Director, Asia Pacific, International Baccalaureate commented: “It validates our firm belief in the rigour and effectiveness of the IB programmes, in particularly the MYP and the respect these have gained from Governments and Universities. Research studies conducted by the IB and independent agencies have shown a strong correlation between completion of the MYP and success in the Diploma and standardised testing.”
The Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad is part of an integrated network of schools, called Aga Khan Academies, dedicated to expanding access to education of an international standard of excellence. The Academies, which educate young men and women from pre-primary through higher secondary education, are planned for key locations in Africa and Asia. The first such school, the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, began operating in August of 2003. The second, the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, began operating in 2011.
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