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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Nigeria schools make a record number of exam entries for Cambridge qualifications

The popularity of Cambridge International qualifications continues to grow around the world with record numbers of Cambridge exams entries made in many countries this year.

Cambridge International recently released the results of its June 2019 exam series to thousands of schools. Exam entries across all qualifications have risen again by 4% internationally and by 14% in Nigeria for 2018/19. The number of schools now teaching Cambridge International programmes has grown by 6% internationally this year and by 10% in Nigeria, which now has more than 360 schools located across the country.

There has also been a 6% increase in the number of students taking Cambridge exams internationally and a 12% increase in the number of students taking Cambridge exams in Nigeria.

In Nigeria there has been a significant increase in IGCSE and AS & A Level this year, with more than 22 000 entries, an increase of 14% on last year.

The number of entries for Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications has grown by 7% globally this year.

Juan Visser, Regional Director, Cambridge International, said: “I am delighted that the uptake of Cambridge qualifications continues to go from strength to strength in Nigeria.  This is in no small part to the tremendous effort on the part of our registered schools in Nigeria preparing learners for our exams.

“Our exams have proven to be an excellent platform for learners to get into, and get on, at institutions of higher learning.  Congratulations to the schools, the dedicated teachers, and not least the students.  These results have been duplicated in the many countries across the Sub-Saharan region in which our schools operate, proving there is a strong demand for robust programmes of study supported by valid and reliable exams trusted by universities across the region.”

This year the most popular Cambridge IGCSEs in Nigeria are maths, biology and physics. The most popular Cambridge International AS & A Level subjects are physics, chemistry and biology.

Globally, the most popular Cambridge International AS & A Levels this year are maths, physics and chemistry. The most popular Cambridge IGCSEs are maths, physics and First Language English.

Ayeni Oluwatosin Olawale, an A Level physics teacher from Global Cambridge College in Ibadan, said: ‘Sciences are the most popular A Level subjects with students in Nigeria because young adults in in the country see sciences as a pathway to great achievement in life. The Cambridge curriculum is splendid. It has given room for critical thinking and analysis.

‘The full determination of the students and their readiness to study coupled with the teaching ability of the teachers contributed to the success of the students.’

Oluwadurotimi Jonathan Efunshile, an A Level student from Global Cambridge College, achieved A* in physics and chemistry and an A in maths.

He said: ‘I am glad I was able to achieve my aim of success in the Cambridge International programme. I worked closely with my teachers who are well experienced in teaching the curriculum. I worked hard and solved enough questions in preparation for the final exam. My school contributed much to my success - I appreciate them. I am planning on going to university outside Nigeria to study aeronautical engineering.’

Agbodesi Christian Imoagene, an A Level student from Bridge House College in Lagos, achieved A*s for chemistry, physics and Maths.

He said: ‘I am proud of my grades and very grateful to everyone who made it possible for me to attain them. I put a lot of hours into reading but the most important part of the exam preparation for me was practicing past papers.’

He plans on studying mechanical engineering at the University of Loughborough in the UK.

Cambridge International qualifications are recognised by over 1500 universities around the world including leading universities in Nigeria.

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