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'Demand for Cambridge IGCSE is growing fast'

Interview William Bickerdike: What do you think about the growth of CIE in India? Anjali Lukose reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 17, 2012 01:08 IST
Anjali Lukose
Anjali Lukose
Hindustan Times

William Bickerdike is the regional manager, south Asia, of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

What do you think about the growth of CIE in India?
A Cambridge education is beyond purely learning facts. Instead, we support schools to develop students who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. The increasing number of students taking our qualifications in India shows that schools are aware of the value of this approach and the importance of an international education in today's global economy.

What is the demand for the IGCSE curriculum in Mumbai?
The demand for Cambridge IGCSE in India is growing fast. Schools in India made over 28,000 entries for Cambridge IGCSE this year, a rise of 24% since 2011. 47 schools in Mumbai made entries in the 2011-2012 Cambridge IGCSE exam series (November 2011 and June 2012) - a rise of 24% from last year.

Considering IGCSE results come out in August and colleges in Mumbai begin their admission processes in June-July, how does the board ensure students do not miss out on admissions?
We have a positive relationship with many junior colleges and universities and do our best to support individual students when admission issues are identified. Options to help students and schools are being considered. Some schools make entries in the November examination series, for which results are announced in January.

First Published: Sep 17, 2012 01:06 IST