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PNS | VIJAYAWADA

In a significant leap forward in the field of education, the Andhra Pradesh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, has entered into a landmark partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during a video-conference held at the Chief Minister’s Office in the Secretariat on Wednesday, solidifying the State’s commitment to enhancing the quality of education in government schools.

With this partnership, the renowned IB syllabus will be available to government school students, opening doors to an internationally recognised curriculum that nurtures critical thinking, creativity, and global citizenship. Chief Minister YS Jagan has already ordered the preparation of a comprehensive guideline plan for the smooth integration of the IB syllabus into the state’s educational framework.

The State Cabinet approved this historic decision to introduce the IB syllabus, emphasising its significance for the future of Andhra Pradesh’s education.

IB representatives from various international locations including Singapore, Washington DC, Geneva, and the UK were present at the signing of MoU. The event featured the virtual presence of IB Director General Olli-Pekka Heinonen and Matt Costello, Chief Business Development Officer at IB, who spoke about the importance of this collaboration.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister emphasised that the primary goal was to enhance the quality of education in Andhra Pradesh’s government schools, ensuring that students receive world-class learning experiences.

The CM highlighted the importance of the IB syllabus’s global recognition, stressing that the certificates earned by students should hold value anywhere in the world.

While acknowledging the challenges of introducing the IB syllabus, Jagan expressed his unwavering commitment to providing the best education possible for all students. He stated that the initiative was part of a broader effort to strengthen school education, which included renovating schools, digitisation, bilingual textbooks, incentives for attendance, TOEFL exam training, and English-medium education in all schools.

The CM stressed that the transformation in education would take time, with visible results expected over the course of a decade. The ultimate goal is to bring radical changes in the lives of the underprivileged, empowering them with the best possible education.

Chief Minister Jagan expressed gratitude to the International Baccalaureate for their partnership in achieving this significant milestone.

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