IB Program In Pakistan Gaining Popularity: Dr. Leeanne Wootten
The IB program is becoming more popular in Pakistan and around the world, according to Dr. Leeanne Wootten, head of the career-related program (CP).
The IB program is becoming more popular in Pakistan and around the world, according to Dr. Leeanne Wootten, head of the career-related program (CP) of the International Baccalaureate in Pakistan.
“The CP is a framework for international education that embodies the values of the IB as a unique program and meets the needs of students,” Dr. Wootten said. According to Dr. Wootten, this program leads to higher education, apprenticeships, or employment.
The IB is an academic program that is viewed as a substitute for the Cambridge level and is also suitable for postgraduate studies, according to the CP program head. For students in primary, secondary, and postgraduate education, the IB offers various programs.
The Primary Years Program (PYP), which teaches arts, math, social studies, language, education, and science, is the first career-related program offered by the International Baccalaureate in Pakistan. Its leader, Dr. Wootten, said that it begins with the CP.
“Grades six and up are eligible for the Middle Years Program (MYP) and exhibition project. The five-year programme combines geography, history, math, and design in addition to the arts, sciences, learning a foreign language, and literature about people, society, and other cultures.
In contrast, students essentially learn how to create something that needs a computer algorithm in a design course. Dr. Wootten also provided information on CP, which is intended for students between the ages of 16 and 19.
“The CP is an international educational framework that combines the IB’s values with a special program designed to meet the needs of students pursuing career-related education. The program prepares participants for employment, apprenticeships, or higher education.” She believed that each of these programs was well known around the world.
All of these institutions are, in fact, international schools, whether or not their students are citizens of Pakistan. Currently, this curriculum is being tested in Pakistan, where counsellors are speaking with parents and asking about their children’s academic and career interests.
Dr. Wootten stated that since they recently received authorization, it will take a few years for schools to respond by accepting the IB academic program. In the past, students could choose between taking O/A levels and the matriculation intermediate system. They can now choose the IB and enroll in either the CP or the Diploma Program (DP).
Speaking further about the acceptance of the IB program, she said, “At first, the Cambridge system took a long time to win support in this region, but eventually it became very well-liked in India and Pakistan. The IB is currently growing in popularity.
Dr. Wootten made the following statement in response to a question about the global trend of academic programs: “Cambridge system is much cheaper than the IB; it’s a program where students have to memorize and take an exam. Memory is the lowest form of learning in education, where you only memorize things for tests. “IB, however, is based on concepts rather than memories.
Universities are looking for students who can write, debate, participate in MUN (Model United Nations), enter competitions, help the less fortunate, and have other skills. For instance, two students applying to Canadian universities will notice that A-level students only have two courses, no volunteer opportunities, no extended essays, etc.
“When they contrast him with a DP student who has taken six classes, languages, extended essays, theory of knowledge, and volunteer work, they’ll always go with IB.” Students can gain professional and academic experience through career-related programmes, something that is not entirely covered in A-levels.