UK-based awarding organisation Learning Resource Network has signed an agreement in Pakistan that could see its qualifications reach more than 5,000 candidates in the country within the next year.
A partnership with Centre for Emerging Studies and iLearn, as well as with the Defence Housing Authority College and School System – owned by the Pakistani army – comes after LRN partnered with Extreme Commerce Magna Carta College in Karachi in 2021.
The provider also launched International GCSE and AS/A Level qualifications globally that same year.
“LRN is feeling optimistic and enthusiastic about working closely with CES-DHACSS , and is hopeful that this is only the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership,” said CEO Muhammad Zohaib Tariq.
CES-DHACSS will be offering a range of LRN’s qualifications at its campuses across Karachi, including the GCSEs and AS/A Levels, as well as teacher training qualifications.
“We are committed to providing our youth with innovative learning opportunities that profoundly help transform lives of DHACSS students,” said director Center For Emerging Studies at CES-DHACSS, Azhar Rafi.
Executive director of education at DHACSS, Brig Muhammad Arshad Khan, added that the education provider is “well aware of the challenges of shaping young impressionable minds with a positive international perspective”.
“This agreement is the first agreement of this size in Pakistan”
“We aim to empower our students by preparing them, to grow as individuals who will make a mark in the global village, the world has come to be today. We are hopeful that our partnership with LRN will open new avenues for our students,” he said.
Overall more than 100,000 students take LRN’s qualifications globally.
“Currently, in Pakistan, teachers don’t have teaching qualifications, so having teaching qualifications will open the avenues for students who are going to be taught by qualified teachers,” Tariq told The PIE.
“The Pakistani Army owns DHACSS, so this agreement is the first agreement of this size in Pakistan; we have similar sized agreements with other prominent organisations outside Pakistan.”
DHACSS has 15 campuses in Pakistan and over 16,000 students, ranging in age and education level from pre-school to master’s degree level