NEWS RELEASE · 9th April 2010
Ministry of Education
The Canada India British Columbia Academy in Chandigarh, India is the latest international school to be certified to teach the B.C. curriculum, Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid announced today.
“Today’s announcement speaks highly of the quality of the curriculum we have developed here in B.C.,” said MacDiarmid. “B.C.’s students perform among the best in the world and our educational program is highly sought after in other countries.”
The school is currently located in leased school facilities in Mohali (adjacent to Chandigarh) until construction of the new campus is completed in time for the 2010-11 school year. Certification has been granted for grades 8 and 9.
The Canada India British Columbia Academy is the 21st B.C. offshore program to be certified since 1996. There is a rigorous application and inspection process to certify schools wishing to offer a B.C. program. All criteria must be met to the satisfaction of the Inspector of Independent Schools.
Once a program is certified, B.C. offshore schools are inspected annually to ensure that standards and requirements are met and will continue to be met. These include teaching the B.C. curriculum in English, employing B.C. certified teachers and principals, and using provincial graduation examinations.
“It is a significant accomplishment to have a British Columbia-certified school in India,” said Small Business, Trade and Economic Development Minister Iain Black. “This academy will help build closer ties between our countries, and strengthen the economic, cultural and research opportunities between India and British Columbia.”
Over 5,900 students are currently enrolled in offshore schools in China, Egypt, Thailand, South Korea and India that offer the B.C. education program. The ministry’s costs associated with offering these programs are fully recovered from participating international schools.
Offshore schools see B.C. students’ strong showing internationally as an indicator of a strong school system. Grade 4 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) for 2005 ranked B.C. fifth out of 45 participating countries or provinces.
Age 15 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for 2006 had B.C. ranked sixth in reading, 13th in math and fourth in science out of 65 participating countries and provinces.