Nige­rian stu­dents ex­cel at ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion as 139 re­ceive Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional awards

Business Day (Nigeria) - - EDUCATION - KELECHI EWUZIE

In recog­ni­tion of their out­stand­ing per­for­mances, 139 Nige­rian stu­dents have been granted the pres­ti­gious Out­stand­ing Cam­bridge Learner Awards in var­i­ous sub­jects in Cam­bridge IGCSE, Cam­bridge O Level and Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional AS & A Lev­els.

Cam­bridge Assess­ment In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion pre­pares school stu­dents for life, help­ing them de­velop an in­formed cu­rios­ity and a last­ing pas­sion for learn­ing.

The award win­ners in­clude 16 stu­dents who have ex­celled in sub­jects such as Geog­ra­phy, Math­e­mat­ics and Busi­ness to re­ceive the ‘Top in the World’ hon­our. Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional also granted 101 ‘ Top in Nige­ria’ awards to learn­ers who achieved the high­est stan­dard mark in their coun­try for a sin­gle sub­ject, 64 ‘High Achieve­ment’ awards and 10 ‘Best Across’ awards to stu­dents who at­tained the high­est cu­mu­la­tive to­tal stan­dard marks over a set num­ber of sub­jects.

Juan Visser, Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional’s re­gional di­rec­tor for Sub-sa­ha­ran Africa, said: “Well done once again to the Cam­bridge top achiev­ers in Nige­ria. We are de­lighted that learn­ers in Nige­ria pro­duce such fan­tas­tic re­sults yearin-and-year-out; this points to the qual­ity of the schools in Nige­ria reg­is­tered to of­fer Cam­bridge pro­grammes.’’

Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional op­er­ates in part­ner­ship with the Bri­tish Coun­cil in Nige­ria. Lucy Pearson, Coun­try Di­rec­tor, Bri­tish Coun­cil Nige­ria says: ‘At the Bri­tish Coun­cil, we cre­ate in­ter­na­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties through our work in arts, English Lan­guage, ed­u­ca­tion, ad­min­is­ter­ing exams and build­ing stronger so­ci­eties. The exams we ad­min­is­ter help peo­ple all over the world gain ed­u­ca­tional and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, so they are bet­ter po­si­tioned for suc­cess in life. Ed­u­ca­tion is a key en­abler for these op­por­tu­ni­ties, and we be­lieve in en­sur­ing young learn­ers have ac­cess to world- class ed­u­ca­tion and as­sess­ments which we have achieved through our part­ners Cam­bridge Assess­ment In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and the schools in our Part­ner Schools Global Net­work (PSGN).’

Marniee Not­ting­ham, Di­rec­tor Ex­am­i­na­tions, Bri­tish Coun­cil Nige­ria added: ‘Through the Part­ner Schools Global Net­work (PSGN), the Bri­tish Coun­cil pro­vides pro­fes­sional skills de­vel­op­ment and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­hance school lead­er­ship and teach­ing tal­ent across our port­fo­lio of about 395 schools across Nige­ria. We not only cel­e­brate stu­dent achieve­ment, we also con­grat­u­late the school lead­ers, teach­ers and par­ents in pro­mot­ing ex­cel­lence in the fu­ture of our young learn­ers. It is great to see the achieve­ments of these stu­dents as they em­bark on their fu­tures in coun­try and world­wide.’

Some of the stu­dents who re­ceived awards made the fol­low­ing com­ments about their achieve­ments:

Jef­fer­son Iyan­u­loluwa Joshua from the Life­forte In­ter­na­tional High School who re­ceived 1 Top in World, 3 Top in Nige­ria and a Best across Eight in Cam­bridge O Lev­els for the June 2019 ex­am­i­na­tion se­ries said: “I am happy that my hard work and prayers had come to fruition. Ini­tially I found the Cam­bridge pro­gramme a bit chal­leng­ing be­cause I had to take sub­jects like Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness Stud­ies which were new to me but the prac­ti­cal, ap­pli­ca­tion­based, learner fo­cused style of the pro­gramme meant that I was soon com­fort­able with those sub­jects and my other sub­jects and able to ex­cel in them.’ He plans to go to Im­pe­rial Col­lege for a de­gree in Me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing.

Shreya Jin­dal from The Re­gent Sec­ondary School, Abuja who re­ceived 1 Top in World, 4 Top in Nige­ria and a Best across Eight in Cam­bridge IGCSE in the June 2019 exam se­ries, said: ‘The Cam­bridge pro­gramme builds a strong foun­da­tion for higher ed­u­ca­tion. Even though it re­quires you to study a spec­i­fied syl­labus, most of what you’re tested on is ap­plied knowl­edge. This makes sure you re­ally un­der­stand what you’re learn­ing. My ad­vice for other stu­dents is to firstly find out how you learn. Don’t be afraid of try­ing dif­fer­ent meth­ods un­til you find what works best for you. The Re­gent em­ploys var­i­ous 21st-cen­tury learn­ing ideas that have some­thing to of­fer to ev­ery­one.

It is also re­ally im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion in class; you’d be sur­prised how much of the in­for­ma­tion ac­tu­ally sticks so you don’t have to go home and read ev­ery­thing again. Take ad­van­tage of all the re­sources pro­vided by the school, and work with your teach­ers to get the best out of the sys­tem which of­fers holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion.’ Shreya is cur­rently do­ing her Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional A Lev­els.

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