Posted On 18 Aug 2017
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program included in the study program of schools in the country will be strengthened, announced Minister of Education Fender Falconi during the opening of the Unidad Educativa Provincia del Azuay, in Guayaquil.
IB in public schools was assessed due to low test scores and few diplomas annually obtained by students. On May 3, educational authorities said that the purpose of the measure was to identify their weaknesses.
Director of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso) Juan Ponce, in cooperation with the Directorate of Educational Research of the Ministry of Education, and the non-reimbursable financial assistance from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) were in charge of the task.
The results indicate that the IB did have a positive impact on the students’ academic achievement, both in Mathematics and in Language.
Falconi stressed that, although the results are positive, they will work to strengthening 201 schools that already offer the IB through teacher´s training, the use of electronic calculators and other pedagogical resources. (I)