CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATION: Nepalese Standing Out

Nepalese students are able to secure globally outstanding Cambridge learner awards

March 8, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 08 No. -17 March. 06- 2015 (Falgun 22, 2071)

With nine outstanding Cambridge Learners Award, Chelsea International Academy has once again proved that it has been imparting quality education. Similarly, St. Xavier’s College secured six, and Rato Bangla and Trinity School secured five each. Budhanilkanth School also secured three outstanding awards.

Similarly, students from Global College International, Kathmandu International Study Centre, and the British School Kathmandu, Kathmandu International Study Centre, Budhanilkantha School Kathmandu, Gandaki Higher Secondary Boarding School, Ace Institute of Management, A.J. Wild Institute of Advanced Studies Kathmandu, Saipal Academy, Orient College of Science and Management, and GEMS also posted an outstanding performance.

Compared to the last years, performance of Nepalese students, however, was below par. For almost one decade, Nepalese students have successfully achieved outstanding records in one or two subjects of Cambridge International Examination.

Many Nepalese students achieved globally outstanding performance in GCE examination. Amidst a function, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) announced the winners of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards, Nepal. The awards celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of secondary school learners in Nepal in the June and November 2014 Cambridge examination series.

Vice president Paramanand Jha was the chief guest and Dr. Lava Deo Awasthi, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Education, Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director, Cambridge International Examinations, Charge d’ affaires Sir Guy Harrison, British Embassy and Brendan McSharry OBE, Country Director of British Council Nepal were special guests.

“Over 33 learners received awards for exceptional performance in Cambridge examinations, including 29 learners who attained the highest marks in Nepal in a subject. The awards also celebrated the achievements of those learners who have been recognized for ‘High Achievement’ based on outstanding performance in subjects which are not yet so widely taken in Nepal, and learners who have achieved the total highest cumulative marks across a number of subjects. The winning learners out-performed thousands of candidates worldwide who sat examinations in Cambridge International AS and A Level, said a press release issued by the British Council. These outstanding results will be recognized by employers and universities around the world as proof of academic excellence.

“Quality education is the need of today and with these achievements it’s a gateway to expedite education and become competitive globally. This is a proud moment for us as our students now lead a path of becoming skilful citizens and in the future will be able to contribute in the development of the country,” said vice president Jha.

"This is a very important occasion for Nepal, firstly, for the student’s outstanding achievements from Nepal, and secondly, with the launch of AS Nepali Studies, we are now connected to the global community. This is a great moment for us academically,” said Dr Lava Deo Awasthi, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Education.

“We congratulate learners across Nepal on their outstanding results in the Cambridge examinations. These achievements demonstrate the dedication and commitment of teachers, support provided by families and friends, and learners’ determination and passion to succeed. This success defines them not just as learners, but as Cambridge learners,” said Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director, and CIE.

“Today we celebrate the accomplishment of the students who have excelled in A and AS Levels across in a range of subjects in Nepal. Over 300,000 students from across the world pursue Cambridge International Examinations with 1500 from Nepal. "With increasing demand in A and AS Levels studies, this year we will increase the teaching training and student support for the A Level Schools of Nepal and in study program quality to help produce world toppers once again from Nepal. Another, biggest achievement for us to celebrate today is launching of AS Nepali Studies in the Cambridge International Examinations which will be implemented from June 2016 Examinations,” expressed Brendan McSharry OBE, Country Director of British Council Nepal.

“I am very proud to congratulate learners across Nepal on their outstanding results in the Cambridge examinations. It is encouraging to acknowledge the high standards of education offered by schools across the country reflected through these exceptional results. These achievements are a credit to the partnerships which Cambridge has established with schools,” said Suzy Chowdhury, Schools Development Manager, CIE.

Along with the distribution of awards for outstanding performers, Cambridge International Examinations has introduced, for the first time, a subject syllabus as part of the Cambridge Advanced qualifications portfolio which focuses on Nepal. The AS Level, Nepal Studies, will be available for the June examination series from June 2016 onwards and allows learners to develop an in-depth understanding of the elements that make up modem-day Nepal. The Nepal Studies course is offered at AS level.

At a time when Nepalese students are competing globally, Cambridge International AS level has offered the best opportunity to Nepalese students to have international level education back home.

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