Careers360 interviews Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director South Asia, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), who discusses the nuances of a global education. She also talks about impact of technology on teaching learning process in schools.Read the full interview to know what CIE Regional Director shares about various advantages of studying in Cambridge International Examinations system.
Read below excerpts of interview
Careers360: What is the advantage of studying in CIE system, how does it help students in the long run?
Ruchira Ghosh: Cambridge International Examinations offers a range of significant benefits for students.
To begin with, we are the only international education board which is part of a university, the prestigious University of Cambridge. We work with over 10,000 schools in 160 countries and provide a coherent yet flexible curriculum from primary to senior secondary. Our content is rooted in academic rigour, backed by latest educational research. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a wide choice of subjects – 75 subjects for IGCSE (Class X) and 55 subjects for A Levels (Class XII). Our qualifications are internationally benchmarked and recognized by all top universities around the world, including those in India.
Careers360: How have you customized your system to Indian needs, like introducing March Series?
Ruchira Ghosh: The March examination series introduced in 2015 has been well received by Cambridge schools in India and we’re pleased to see a year-on-year growth in entries for these exams. This is a significant step that we have taken to ease our learners’ transition from school to colleges and universities in India. We introduced nine subjects for Cambridge International AS & A Level in the March series this year to further support our students and will gradually add further subjects.
Careers360: How crucial is the role of student evaluation in schools?
Ruchira Ghosh: We believe in assessment for learning and that the assessment methods should reflect their end purpose. We make this possible by offering a range of assessment models, from low stakes, classroom-based tests to high stakes, certificated examinations. We believe both formative and summative assessment can have a beneficial influence on teaching and learning, providing focus, pace and challenge. We use a linear or staged assessment structure to maximise time for teaching and learning, and help students develop a strong grasp of each subject as a whole.
Careers360: How has technology impacted teaching-learning process in schools?
Ruchira Ghosh: We believe that good teachers constantly evaluate and adapt their own practice. They should be innovative in trying new approaches and technologies, and reflective in evaluating the impact on learning. Technologies can really engage students and enable them to communicate in newer ways and produce exciting work. However, any technology introduced into the classroom must have a positive impact on the learning process.
We are also of the belief that exams recognise, reward and encourage learning but through the Cambridge curriculum we certainly want to encourage innovation in learning, whether that’s new teaching methods or the technology used in the classroom.
From next year we will start introducing optional onscreen tests for lower secondary students. We will take feedback before we introduce onscreen tests for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Levels. However, we know that not every school is equipped to run computer-based exams and so we will continue to offer paper-based alternatives.
Schools in Tier 2 and 3 cities have shown keen interest in adopting international curriculum. We are open to working with schools that meet our expected standards and have a strong vision for international education.
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