More primary school teachers will also receive this training later this year
As many as 88 primary school teachers have completed their Training of Master Trainers in English (TMTE) project, a collaboration between the British Council and Directorate of Primary Education (DPE).
The graduation ceremony of the first cohort of primary teachers under the program was held at Primary Teacher’s Training Institutes (PTI) in Dhaka and Gazipur on Thursday, said a media statement.
As part of the TMTE project’s English language assessment, the British Council administered over 3,000 Aptis tests as part of its pre-training language evaluation of the primary school teachers.
Both the British Council and the Directorate of Primary Education expressed their interest in developing the next cohort of primary teachers in more PTIs across the country later this year.
The chief guest of the event, Md Zakir Hossen, state minister of Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, said: “I would like to congratulate all the trainees who made the program a success fighting against the threat of Covid-19. I also appreciate the commitments shown by international trainers and the British Council for overcoming all the huddles on way to reaching graduation ceremony.”
He also hoped that the training of master trainers in English program will contribute significantly towards building a generation for future.
Tom Miscioscia, director of British Council, said: “Over the next year or so, we will see many more primary teachers graduate this wonderful training program and have an improved positive impact upon their students – and in turn improve their English language proficiency as they transition from primary to secondary. Undoubtedly better-quality English teaching will help Bangladesh’s next generation to achieve their ambitions and support country’s continuing growth in the global scene.”
One of the participants of the program, Md Aslam Hossain, assistant teacher at Tongibari Model Government Primary School in Munshiganj, said: “This training makes the lessons easy and interesting. It helps establish good working relations between the teachers and the students. We feel proud to be a part of the training.”
GM Hashibul Alam, secretary of Ministry of Primary and Mass Education was also present as a special guest, along with Alamgir Mohammed Monsurul Alam, director general of Directorate of Primary Education, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, who chaired the virtual graduation ceremony.