BY DAYO ADESULU
EVERY year, Cambridge International qualifications continues to grow around the world. Numbers of Cambridge exams entries by countries continue to soar globally.
Cambridge International recently released the results of its June 2019 exam series to thousands of schools. The Exam entries across all qualifications have risen again by 4% internationally and by 14% in Nigeria for 2018/19.
Nigeria entries for Cambridge exam increases yearly
Statistics show that in 2019, the number of schools teaching Cambridge International programmes has grown by 6% internationally. In Nigeria, the number rose by 10%. Nigeria now has more than 360 schools located of Cambridge exam centers I across the country.
There has also been a 6% increase in the number of students taking Cambridge exams internationally, while Nigeria has 12% increase.
In Nigeria there has been a significant increase in IGCSE and AS & A Level this year. This year alone, it has 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.
Nigeria gets highest globall qualification for Cambridge
The Regional Director, Cambridge International, Juan Visser expressed delight that Cambridge qualifications continues to increase 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.
Visser said:“Our exams have proven to be an excellent platform for learners to get into institutions of higher learning. Congratulations to the schools, dedicated teachers and students.”
This 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.”
Candidates talk about their success stories
Meanwhile, Ayeni Oluwatosin Olawale, an A Level physics teacher from Global Cambridge College in Ibadan, said: ‘Sciences are the most popular A Level subjects 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.
‘Determination of the students and readiness to study, coupled with the teaching ability of the teachers contributed to students’ success”
Also, Oluwadurotimi Jonathan Efunshile, an A Level student from Global Cambridge College, achieved A* in physics and chemistry. He had an A also in Maths.
He said: ‘I am glad I was able to achieve my aim of success in the Cambridge International programme. 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.’
More so, 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.’
Imoagene plans is to study mechanical engineering at the University of Loughborough in the UK.
The Cambridge International qualifications are recognised by over 1500 universities around the world including leading universities in Nigeria.