British Study Centres Launches ELT School in Kyrgyzstan
British Study Centres has opened the first UK English language teaching school in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek.
The school, which is a franchise operation of the British Study Centres Group, opened this summer and caters for local students wishing to study English in their home-country.
The Kyrgyzstan government is said to fully support in-country English language training, and aims to improve competency at a national level in three languages: Kyrgyz, Russian and English. By 2022, it has pledged that 90 per cent of secondary school leavers will graduate with CEFR B2 level in their non-active language.
BSC Kyrgyzstan is located in the city centre and occupies the whole ground floor of a detached building, said the school in a statement. There is also an official Oxford University Press Bookshop on the premises.
BSC Kyrgyzstan welcomed Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Altynay Omurbekova (far left), to open the school.
Steve Phillips, BSC Group Managing Director, said, “Transnational Education is a great and vital part of what we do at BSC. The team works so hard to ensure our standards across the world are met and BSC Kyrgyzstan is a perfect example of this. It offers the same high quality experience and qualified teachers as our UK centres and we are delighted they are now part of BSC Group.”
Owner of BSC Kyrgyzstan, Ryskul Ashymkanova, said, “We are very excited to be able to offer high quality BSC programmes locally. We are committed to providing the very best for our students and this is a great opportunity for them."
In a statement, BSC said it had already successfully delivered the Cambridge CELTA course to a group of students this summer and going forward planned to work closely with the Ministry of Education on teacher training programmes, delivery of international foundation year and junior summer camps.
Last year, British Study Centres established overseas franchise schools in Algeria and Ukraine.