LAHORE:March 09: The New School (TNS) Beaconhouse launched Lahore’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) World School on Thursday during a press briefing held at a local hotel.
Beaconhouse Chief Executive Kasim Kasuri, TNS Head Clive Barnes and Deputy Head Ayesha Kasuri were also present on the occasion.
The IB incorporates three programmes for students aged between three and 19 years, and helps them develop intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world. The IB programmes culminate in the highly regarded IB Diploma, which is increasingly the preferred entrance qualification for universities around the world.
The IB World Schools can offer any or all three of the programmes. More than 140 countries offer IB education to almost a million students across the world. The TNS has been authorised to offer the IB Middle Years Programme for students in classes 6 to 10. In due course, it also expects to offer the IB Diploma (equivalent to A’ Levels).
Making the announcement, Kasim Kasuri said that the milestone had been reached after a rigorous three-year accreditation process, and was in line with the TNS commitment to providing an innovative and robust educational pathway to its students.
He also mentioned that the IB was granted the requisite equivalence to local qualifications through the Inter-Committee Board of Chairmen (IBCC) in Pakistan.
To a question, Kasuri said that it was important for Pakistani students to have access to multiple styles of teaching and learning so that they could select a system best suited to their individual learning needs. He hoped that government schools and other private-sector schools would also consider the International Baccalaureate in the future.
Clive Barnes displayed the school’s accreditation certificate issued by the IB World Headquarters in Geneva and elaborated on the factors that distinguished the IB from other systems of learning.The news.