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SC/HSC Examinations for year 2020 to be rescheduled announces VPM and Minister of Education

Date: May 06, 2020
Domain:Education & Training; Health
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS ​- 06 May, 2020: The school calendar as well as the assessment calendar will accordingly have to be adjusted, that is, it will be from the period August 2020 up to February/March 2021. In this context, discussions are already ongoing with the Cambridge Assessment International Education regarding the rescheduling of SC/HSC examinations. Such examinations will have to be taken next year for the 2020 SC/HSC Cohort of students after the end of the newly adjusted calendar.

The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun made this statement, yesterday, in the National Assembly in reply to a Parliamentary Question with regard to the rescheduling of the Cambridge School Certificate (SC) and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) 2020 amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Vice-Prime Minister highlighted that the closure of schools as subsequent postponement of examinations is an international reality. She indicated that the Cambridge Assessment International Education is responsible for conducting ‘O’ Level examinations in over 50 countries while ‘AS’ and ‘A’ Level are taken in some 130 countries.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, she underlined, most of these countries have taken the decision to close schools, resulting in loss of school days which in turn have implications for assessments and examinations.

She pointed out that on the twenty third of March 2020, Cambridge informed of its decision not to hold its international examinations in May/June 2020 in any country. “We are given to understand that Cambridge is not yet in a position to receive entries of October/November 2020 examinations as in an update of 20 April 2020 Cambridge has stated that it will confirm the dates when school candidates can be entered for the November 2020 series as soon as possible”, she said.

The Vice-Prime Minister further stressed that with the resumption of schools on 03 August 2020 in Mauritius, there will be the need for students to catch up with their studies. Also, students will be required to adequately complete their syllabus for the different subjects to be taken both at SC and HSC School Level, she added.

She underscored the need to ensure that sufficient time and space are provided to students to develop their preparedness and to complete their syllabi so that they may take part in their international examinations in the best possible conditions.

 Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email:  Website:  Mobile App: Search Gov​

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