Pearson’s largest qualification brand ‘Edexcel’, in collaboration with the British Council, conducted its sixth Academic Award Ceremony today for students in Bangladesh who achieved outstanding results in their International GCSE and A Level examinations in 2017. The Award Ceremony was held in the Hall of Fame of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka. This year, 709 awardees received awards for achieving outstanding results. 55 awardees achieved world highest marks in different subjects. 81 primary and lower secondary awardees also received awards for their brilliant results. There were 460 International GCSE and 113 International A Level awardees. These students have achieved minimum seven ‘A’ Grades and more in their International GCSE subjects and four ‘A’ grades in A Levels. There were some students who have achieved even 11 A Grades in Int. GCSE and 6 ‘A’ grades in A Levels.
Barbara Wickham, Director Bangladesh, British Council was the Guest of Honour and Derek Richardson, Vice President- Pearson, UK attended the grand award ceremony as the Chief Guest. Among others Saidur Rahman, Country Manager, Pearson Bangladesh; Andriani Papapericleous, Director Examinations, British Council; Harish Doraiswamy, Vice President- School, Pearson India and Abdullah Al Mamun Liton, Regional Development Manager, Pearson, Bangladesh were also present at the event. “Bangladesh has a large number of highly talented young students who have the potential to contribute to the continued economic progress of the country in their journey to develop a better world. The excellent performance of the students every year in the examinations conducted by globally renowned qualification providers like Edexcel is a strong proof of this immense potential. Congratulations to all the high achievers this year, and I wish them all the best,” said Barbara Wickham, Director Bangladesh, British Council. Pearson Edexcel, one of the three qualifications providers regulated by the UK government, has been offering its International GCSE and A Level qualifications in Bangladesh for the last 45 years with the support of the British Council. More than 16,000 students take these examinations in Bangladesh every year. “Pearson Edexcel is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK which offers qualifications that have international currency. The British Council has been successfully offering the Pearson Edexcel qualifications in Bangladesh for the last 45 years. We will continue to support schools, teachers and candidates in preparing for the examinations as part of our commitment to create opportunities and open doors to international education for young people in Bangladesh,” said Andriani Papapericleous, Director Examinations, British Council, Bangladesh.
''I am delighted to attend the Pearson Edexcel Award Ceremony this year. It is great to see such a large number of awardees who achieved outstanding results from Bangladesh out of which many of them got the world highest marks in many subjects in both International GCSE and International Advance Levels. Pearson is operating in more than 80 countries all over the world and we are grateful to the British Council for supporting us to deliver our qualifications in Bangladesh since 1972. We believe in every kind of learning, for all kinds of people, wherever they are in the world. Our qualifications, curriculum materials, multimedia learning tools and testing programmes help to educate millions of people worldwide. We offer a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications to support students of all ability ranges and learning styles to achieve their full potential'' said Derek Richardson, Vice President- Pearson, UK.
Bangladesh is one of the key countries where a large number of students pursue Edexcel qualifications. Many of these students end up going abroad for higher studies in renowned international and local universities. The British Council and Pearson jointly hope that the students, parents and schools will feel encouraged to achieve greater success in the future by such regular annual event.