As part of our support for Nepalese schools teaching GCE A Levels, the British Council in Nepal delivered a series of professional development courses for A Level teachers. These courses, which took place between 14 17 February 2012, were delivered in collaboration with the Nepalese Ministry of Education and Cambridge University.
This time it was training for the experienced and inexperienced teachers in three subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Economics. The British Council in Nepal organised three teachers training at stages 1 and 2 for all its partner GCE schools. A total of 114 teachers from 29 different educational institutions participated in the training.
The trainings were delivered by three tutors from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), namely Mr. Terry Alan Cook, Ms. Jane Owen and Ms. Crown Jenness Paula. 52 teachers revisited their knowledge in different subjects while 62 teachers new to A Level got an opportunity to learn the teaching techniques at this level.
Feedback from participants showed that the sessions were extremely helpful in learning new ways of delivering A level courses. The teachers added that these trainings have increased their capacity to teach in a better way.
Chemistry, though being a DRY subject, the liveliness the teacher brought, that is amazing. Chemical dingbats, I enjoyed the most’ said Ms. Sangeeta Khwaounjoo, Chemistry teacher from Modern Indian School. She took the training at Stage 2 for experienced teachers. ‘A better insight was provided on preparing students more thoroughly for exams and making economics learning fun’, commented Mr. Min B. Singh, who took the training at Stage 1 aimed at inexperienced teachers.
With these new initiatives and approaches to teacher development, the British Council in Nepal is helping to build a high quality teacher base to deliver the A Level curriculum and bring the benefits of internationally recognised qualifications to more and more Nepali students.