Chennai: Edexcel, UK’s largest body for primary and secondary education, plans to expand its operations in India in collaboration with various schools.
“We are in the process of having a tieup with about 50 schools by the year end and affiliate them to offer qualifications like International General Certificate of Secondary Education and General Certificate Education, which could give additional advantage to Indian students who prefer to pursue higher studies in UK,” Edexcel’s regional director, South Asia, Samiulla Baig said.
BTEC (Business And Technology Education Council), our vocational certification, would experience great growth prospects in India, he said.
Edexcel operates in 85 countries and every year more than four million students “are inspired” to learn various Edexcel programmes and qualifications. It had bases in various places like Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Colombo and Cape Town besides its headquarters in London.
Studying Edexcel courses would make it easier for Indian students aspiring to go to UK for higher education, he said.
Edexcel’s academic examinations are conducted under tight security and answer sheets are sent to UK for correction. All students of Edexcel’s IGCSE and GCE A Level would be awarded certificates recognised in India as well as UK and other countries, he said.
”If a student is qualified for any of these qualifications and if he wishes to study in the UK, obtaining entry would be easy since these courses have been approved by the UK government,“ Baig said.
Students would soon find a lot of english language, business, IT and other programmes being launched with BTEC certification, which will help them progress into university education in the UK and other countries, he said.
He said a total of 36 subjects were covered by IGCSE curriculum in various areas including art and design.
Each school affiliating with Edexcel would need to have well trained teachers to train the students, who take up its syllabus. “We would be signing eight schools in south India with four schools in Chennai, one school in Bangalore and three in Kerala”, he added.