Saturday 29 October 2022

Pearson’s largest qualification brand ‘Edexcel’, in collaboration with the British Council, conducted its ninth Academic Award Ceremony today for students in Bangladesh who achieved outstanding results in their International GCSE and A-Level examinations in 2021 & 2022. The Award Ceremony was held at the Hall of Fame of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka. 

This year, 779 awardees received awards for achieving outstanding results. 13 awardees achieved world highest marks in different subjects. There were 658 International GCSE and 108 International A Level awardees. These students have achieved a minimum seven number of ‘7’ Grade Point (9-1) or more in their International GCSE subjects and four ‘A’ grades or more in A Levels. There were some students who have achieved even 11 number of ‘7’ Grade Point (9-1) in Int. GCSE and 6 ‘A’ grades in A Levels. 

Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Honorable Speaker, Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat attended the grand award ceremony as the Chief Guest. During her speech, she hoped young students will be able to devote themselves with confidence & competence. As now is the best time for the children to be ready to pave the way for their incredible career destination. She added, as the leaders of tomorrow they must remember to put their knowledge to practice.  Bangladesh's Government is taking great measures for ensuring that by providing stipends, digital devices, and internet connections even in rural areas. She also mentioned the importance of education among girls, remembering Begum Rokeya. Bangladesh.  

Among many others, the following guests were present as special guests: HE Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Harriet Gardner, Regional Exams Director, British Council, Emma Whale, Vice President, Pearson School Qualifications, Premila Paulraj, Director, Employability & Qualifications, Pearson, Jim O'Neill, Country Exams Director, British Council, Abdullah Al Mamun Liton, Regional Development Manager, Pearson, Bangladesh & Nepal, Zunayed Ahmed, Director Operations Examinations, British Council.

Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh congratulated the students and their families for the brilliant result. He said, “Education is a fundamental human right and critical for the development of a country. What you have done is a fantastic investment for your future. The UK government is pleased to have many projects that have been designed to connect young people and inspire them to different pathways of skills, knowledge, credibility, and education through a series of training and activities. Our job is to create such opportunity for youth." 

Harriet Gardner, Regional Exams Director, British Council said, " We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence, and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, learn English, get a high-quality education and gain internationally recognised qualifications. One of the many services we offer is access to internationally recognised UK qualifications. The British Council’s examination services assure you of a certificate that is recognised around the world by universities and employers alike. Whatever your academic or professional area, there is usually a UK qualification to suit your needs, from English tests like IELTS through professional qualifications, to Pearson Edexcel schools qualifications that we are celebrating today." 

Emma Whale, Vice President, Pearson quoted, " We are proud of the role we have played in implementing a clear plan for the exam system following a challenging period for all. Thank you to all teachers, schools, and their staff for their hard work throughout the year to deliver qualifications as Covid-19 uncovered new & ingenious ways of learning." 

Bangladesh is one of the key countries where a large number of students pursue Pearson 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 through such regular annual events. 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.