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### Andhra Pradesh’s Education Reforms Earn Appreciation from IB Team

Andhra Pradesh State Project Director of Samagra Shiksha wing within the School Education Department, B. Srinivasa Rao, on Friday, March 8th, reassured a delegation from the International Baccalaureate (IB) of full support for integrating the IB curriculum with the State education system.

During a review meeting marking the conclusion of a 10-day visit by a team of IB delegates, Mr. Rao highlighted the government’s commitment to developing education policies in line with global standards to nurture students as global citizens.

B. Pratap Reddy, the Director of A.P. State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), emphasized the State’s dedication to implementing the suggestions and recommendations proposed by the IB team to ensure effective outcomes.

In pursuit of ensuring high-quality education, the government has introduced innovative initiatives, including the implementation of bilingual textbooks to facilitate a seamless transition for students from Telugu to English, the deployment of Interactive Flat Panels in classrooms, provision of tablets to students, installation of smart TVs, coaching for TOEFL, the school restructuring program, Mana Badi Nadu-Nedu, and Jagananna Gorumudda, among others.

The IB team commended the State’s efforts in providing students with access to cutting-edge technology and leveraging its use in education for optimal results. They also lauded the series of initiatives aimed at assisting children in meeting global standards.

The IB team, comprising Aldo Anzures Tapia, Senior Manager of Curriculum Design from Mexico, Eric Baber, Personal Development Specialist from England, Allen, Curriculum Specialist, Michael Donovan, Associate Manager of Assessment Operations Transformation from England, and Kala Parasurama, Senior Manager from India, expressed their appreciation.

Empowering STEM Education

To bolster the foundational knowledge in crucial subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the Samagra Shiksha wing forged a non-financial Memorandum of Understanding with NGOs such as Connect to Andhra, Save the Children (Bala Raksha Bharat), and Agastya Foundation, as announced by Mr. Rao.

This collaboration aims to equip students from rural backgrounds with a robust understanding of key subjects, enabling them to navigate their academic journey smoothly in the future.