Cambridge International released the results of its June 2020 series on time, to thousands of schools around the world on Thursday.
Altogether more than 950,000 grades were issued, to almost 4,000 schools in 139 countries said a press release issued by Cambridge International.
In Bangladesh, this year the most popular Cambridge O Level subjects are Bengali, English Language and Mathematics Syllabus D and the most popular Cambridge International AS & A Level subjects are Mathematics,Physics and Chemistry. Globally, the most popular Cambridge International AS & A Levels this year are English (General Paper), maths and physics the release added.
Mahesh Srivastava, Regional Director, South Asia at Cambridge Assessment International Education, said, "2020 has been a transformational year and has had a huge impact on teaching and learning across the world. With school closures, Cambridge learners were not able to take their June exams and therefore we developed a rigorous process for awarding assessed grades. Throughout the process we worked closely with schools and aimed to create a level playing field and ensure that our grades are fair."
Christine Özden, Chief Executive, Cambridge International, said, "In a unique situation Cambridge International had to respond quickly so that our global community of Cambridge students stayed safe, but could progress with their education. A key priority was to ensure Cambridge students received grades that are trusted by employers and universities around the world."
"We engaged worldwide with other awarding bodies, governments and universities to develop our process for awarding grades. It works across the many different countries in which we work, and is similar to the process used in the UK."
"I would like to thank our schools and teachers for the huge amount of effort they put into supporting our awarding process for the June 2020 series, which has enabled us to provide students with reliable and trusted grades this year. I hope our students around the world can now move forward with their lives, and come through this experience stronger and more resilient, after what has been a very challenging time for everyone," added Christine Özden.
This year Cambridge International took the decision not to hold exams for its global June 2020 series. Instead, they engaged with education authorities, governments and schools around the world to develop a robust process for awarding students with assessed grades.
Their awarding process combined teacher insights – predicted grades and rank orders - with a rigorous standardisation process, keeping teacher judgments consistent across different schools. This ensured grades issued for June 2020 would be fair and reliable and accepted by universities and employers globally, in the same way as any other year, the release added.
The release also said that their awarding method is robust, clear and available on their website. Universities have confirmed they are happy with the method used to determine assessed grades this year and have said they will be flexible, to help as many students as possible to progress with their educational journeys.