Chitra V. Ramani

Bangalore: It was for the first time that Joanna Gilbert, Rachel Lloyd, Kay O’Neil, Lesley Davis and Emma Drake were visiting India. They had come to the city as part of the U.K.-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

The British delegation was in Bangalore for a week-long visit to establish long-term partnership between the two countries in education. This follows a similar trip teachers from Bangalore made to the U.K. in May this year. The initiative aims at creating a “step change” in the educational relationship between India and the U.K. over the next five years and to become each other’s partner of choice in education, training and research. “Activities in schools are an integral part of this initiative, bringing schools in the U.K. and India together for joint curriculum projects and professional development opportunities,” said Sheela Bolar, Founder-Principal of Innisfree House School.

“We had come with an agenda of visiting the schools and studying the teaching methods. We found that there is a lot more teaching for tests than teaching for life and learning here. The students are more-or-less tied down by the annual examination,” Joanna Gilbert, a teacher from Brough, told The Hindu.