Every year there is a tussle over junior college admissions in Mumbai because the IGCSE results are declared in August after the admission process is over. How do you plan to remedy this?
We have a positive relationship with many junior colleges and universities and do our best to support individual students when admission issues are identified. The issue of admissions was raised with our regional manager at a meeting in August with the Mumbai International Schools Association (MISA). Options to help students and schools are being considered. These discussions are ongoing.
Is it necessary that every student who opts for the Cambridge board to go abroad?
Cambridge IGCSE and A levels are designed to prepare students for study in India and overseas. A Cambridge education is beyond purely learning facts. Instead, we develop students who have a love of learning and are self-directing. The approach fosters an active learner. Many students who study Cambridge qualifications stay on for junior college courses and at Indian universities.
If the student decides to stay back, what according to you is the best way to for the student to integrate academically into the Indian education system?
Most students in India take a minimum of seven subjects at the IGCSE (Class 10) level and three to four at the A levels (Class 12). The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognises these subject break-ups as equivalents to Indian board exams and can be accepted across the country. Cambridge learners acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that enable them to enter or re-enter the Indian education system without difficulty. They are better prepared for more independent study.
How many Indian universities and colleges accept IGCSE board scores in India and how has this grown over the years?
To date, we have statements of recognition from 56 education boards (including universities and colleges) in India for Cambridge IGCSE. This number has doubled over the past 2 years. Cambridge has a dedicated recognition team committed to ensuring the value of Cambridge qualifications is understood. For a full list of universities and colleges in India that recognise our qualifications visit: http://recognition.cie.org.uk/
Interview VINAYAK SUDHAKAR Schools Development Manager, Cambridge International Examinations(CIE)