GIS - 27 July, 2018: The 12th edition of the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards to celebrate the achievement of Mauritian students who have participated and excelled in the November 2017 Cambridge O, A and AS level examinations was held yesterday at Cyber Tower 1 in Ebène. A total of 116 awards were remitted to 102 students.
Students who are presented with the Cambridge Top in the World and the Cambridge Top in Mauritius awards are those who have scored the highest mark in the world and in Mauritius respectively at O, A and AS levels in any subject. The High achievement Award is conferred to those who have obtained outstanding results in subjects with low candidature.
The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun and the Head of Education Services, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean, Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), Ms Jane Henry, were both present on the occasion.
In her address Minister Dookun-Luchoomun lauded the excellent performance of Mauritian students in the 2017 Cambridge examinations while recalling that 31 of them topped in the world category. She recalled that Mauritius has a longstanding partnership with the CAIE which has been offering quality education that provides prestigious qualifications to Mauritian students.
She highlighted that there is a huge social demand for education that is considered as a central driver for change and essential for socio-economic upliftment. The collaboration of the CAIE over the years has enabled Mauritius to achieve its goal of fostering best practices in the field of assessment and evaluation, she said. On that note, Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun indicated that Mauritius has worked with the institution to develop new syllabuses that are relevant to the local context such as the recent Music syllabus at O Level and that there are ongoing discussions to come up with technical qualifications in the years ahead.
According to the Minister , the prerequisites of today’s education encourage learners to become creative and innovative thinkers as well as problem solvers wherein they need to demonstrate in-depth subject knowledge and ability to use it in innovative ways and be responsive to challenges of the future. On that score, she pointed out that the educational landscape is undergoing major changes with reforms at all levels geared towards providing an inclusive education and a holistic development.
Minister Dookun-Luchoomun pointed out that the country will rely on today’s students to lead the country to continuous development in the future. She urged the awardees to contribute to the development of the country and serve it as dedicated and responsible citizens.
The CAIE representative, rejoiced at the outstanding achievements of the students, adding that they form part of the learners of today who are going to inherit the future. She observed that education is about developing the right knowledge, understanding and skills to become a lifelong learner and learning how to succeed in an ever-changing world.
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