04 May 2011
How should schools counsel learners who seek to enter a high number of exams in order to attain a ‘world record’ set of grades? Opinion on this issue generated much debate among school principals at the Cambridge Pakistan Advisory Council meeting in Lahore on 5 April 2011.
Every year some learners take high numbers of qualifications – far more than required by universities – in order to achieve a personal goal. The concern for schools – and for University of Cambridge International Examinations – is that learners put themselves under unnecessary pressure, risking stress-related illnesses to obtain a higher number of passes with potentially fewer top grades.
Cambridge does not encourage candidates around the world to take more exams than is normally required for the purposes of further education. We will therefore work with schools in Pakistan to help develop recommendations on this issue.
Debating shared education concerns is an important function of the Cambridge Pakistan Advisory Council. The group is made up of principals from over 15 Cambridge schools in Pakistan, and representatives from British Council Pakistan and Cambridge. Together we address issues specific to schools in Pakistan, taking forward new developments or forming new policies that are communicated to all Cambridge schools in Pakistan to help them deliver our exams successfully.
William Bickerdike, Regional Manager, MENA and Pakistan said the latest meeting had been very useful: “As well as the number of qualifications a typical learner should enter, key areas of discussion included the equivalence of Cambridge qualifications to national qualifications, and feedback on guidelines for Cambridge IGCSE coursework. The Advisory Council is a very effective way for us to encourage discussion among schools and take on board their views.”