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2020 May IB DP Examination session is cancelled

23 Mar 2020
The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

“Our students, their well-being and their progression in future stages of life have been at the forefront of our thinking as we respond to this extraordinary pandemic.

As an organization, it is critical for us to ensure that the options we provide our global community of IB World schools are based on compassion for our students and teachers and, fairness for the difficult circumstances our students and educators are experiencing. We are grateful for your patience and consideration. As a result, the IB with considerable advisement from stakeholders across the globe including schools, students, universities and official bodies has determined the most responsible and ethical way forward.”, is said in the announcement from the International Baccalaureate.

Despite the IB examination not be taking place this year we still believe our students will gain excellent results based on their two years of hard work, said Mrs. Naomi Van Wyngaarden, Deputy Headteacher and IB Coordinator. The Diploma Programme is made up of both internal and external assessments, and our students have worked tirelessly on their internal courseworks.  Much of their final grade will be a reflection of these assignments, combined with their prediction grades based on teacher judgement, explained Mrs. Van Wyngaarden. We will certainly ensure that our students succeed in the paths they wish to take, working closely with universities when the results are released on 5th July 2020. We have been working closely with the parents and students in Grade 12 to ensure they receive all the support they need academically, but also pastorally so that they are able to cope with these times. The IB Learner Profile, an essential part of their personal development in the programme teaching the students to be risk-takers and open-minded, certainly they need to be both of these right now.

There are 6,966 IB programmes being offered worldwide, across 5,263 schools in 158 countries by this March. Between 2015 and 2019, the number of IB programmes offered worldwide has grown by 37.9%.

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