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City schools import teachers to provide global perspective

While expats have become part of workforce across sectors, many of them are now finding their way into schools too.

mumbai Updated: Nov 28, 2011 01:56 IST
Deepti Khera

While expats have become part of workforce across sectors, many of them are now finding their way into schools too.

Half of the teachers at Ascend International School at Bandra-Kurla Complex, which will open doors in August, will be foreigners, mainly from the US. The school, which follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum, has already started admissions for its first batch.

"Each class will have two teachers, one from the US and the other from the city to help students understand the concepts better," said Aditya Patil, chief executive officer of Ascend International. "Hiring foreign teachers gives students a global perspective."

"We want to break through the traditional ways of teaching that take place in India and come up with innovative ways of teaching," said Betsy Watkins, principal of the school. The curriculum is tailor-made to suit the child's needs, with focus on reasoning and practical learning.

At Singapore International School, Dahisar, 14 teachers are from the US, Canada and Spain and the school is looking to hire more foreign teachers. "The concepts and academic learning is taken care of by Indian teachers and the expats look at the pedagogical development of the child. They have modules on drama, poetry and other such activities," said Kaiser Dopaishi, principal of Singapore International School.

The trend is not only limited to schools.

Two weeks ago, Big Umbrella, a preschool near Kemps Corner started classes in collaboration with with Apple Seeds, a New York-based activity centre.

Children up to five years of age are allowed to join the activity centre and the school already has 60 students. "We offer all-round development to every child. Right from cooking to music, math and science, we want to introduce concepts to the young ones at an early age," said Natasha Bajaj, head of the preschool.