Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) has decided to follow the exam schedule according to the Indian academic calendar. In India and adjacent countries the board shall be taking the International A-level exams (pre-university) in the month of March.
In the past, the international series of exams use to hold in June and November which led many students to go absent in the undergraduate admission in several Indian institutions.
Chief executive of CIE, Michael O'Sullivan informed of the new exam schedule planned on being commenced from 2014. The schools who wish to continue with the international series of exams in months of June and November are allowed to do so. However, the results of exams taken in March will be declared in May to go in accord with theadmission calendar of Indian institutions, in order to prevent CIE students from missing it out.
This decision made 27 Indian schoolslatelyseeking affiliation to CIE with in the past 10 weeks. At present, 337 schools are allied with CIE in India and many more schools are showing interest, informed O'Sullivan.
Media studies course in A-level will also be introduced by CIE in India from 2014 onwards, besides Cambridge Primary Mathematics which is created in teamwork with Cambridge University.
Sullivan further talk about the education system proven to be advantageous, due to the presence of multiple examination conducting bodies such as Central Board of Secondary Education, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, international bodies like CIE and IB and other state education boards.
Competition will initiate innovation and effectiveness and a lot of change will occur in the education sphere both in India and internationally. The education inclining towards being child centric and the introduction of variety and competition will facilitate India’s raised standard of education, told O'Sullivan.