South Africa Sees Steep Rise in Students Taking Cambridge Qualifications
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South Africa Sees Steep Rise in Students Taking Cambridge Qualifications PR Newswire CAMBRIDGE, England, June 20, 2012 CAMBRIDGE, England, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of students entered for Cambridge qualifications by schools across South Africa has risen significantly over the past year.

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South Africa Sees Steep Rise in Students
Taking Cambridge Qualifications
PR Newswire
CAMBRIDGE, England, June 20, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, England
,
June 20, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
The number of students entered for
Cambridge
qualifications by schools across
South Africa
has risen significantly over the past year. Schools in
South Africa
made over 16,000 examination entries for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge
International A Level, seeing a rise of 21% since 2011.
There are now over 100 Cambridge schools in
South Africa
and more than
9000 schools in 160 countries make up the
Cambridge
learning community
worldwide.
Cambridge IGCSE subjects which are the most popular among South African
students are Maths, English and Business Studies. Cambridge International A
Level subjects which are most popular are Maths, English and Biology.
Mark Barber, Regional Manager for
South Africa
, University of
Cambridge International Examinations
said, "Our programmes and
qualifications have a proven reputation for providing students in
South Africa
and around the world with an excellent preparation for university, employment
and life. We support schools to develop students who are confident,
responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. This approach fosters an
active learner who has a love of learning, is self-directing and engaged at all
levels with their education. The increasing numbers of students taking our
qualifications in
South Africa
shows that schools are aware of the value of this
approach and the importance of an international education in today's global
economy."
Allen van Blerk, Principal of St CharlesCollege (Pietermaritzburg)
said,
"The Cambridge Curriculum is balanced and well-designed. It sets out to
prepare students to excel in their tertiary studies and demands an independent
work ethic. This is a huge advantage for our students. I constantly hear reports
from past students that they are among the few who are managing well at
University. This is the best feedback a Principal can receive."
Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international qualification for 14-
16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide
as evidence of academic ability and is taught by over 2600 schools worldwide.
Cambridge International A Level, typically for learners aged 16 to 19, is
regarded as a passport to success in education, university and employment. It
is taken by thousands of learners every year who gain places at leading
universities worldwide. It develops a deep understanding of subjects, as well as
independent learning and constructive thinking skills - abilities which universities
value highly and is taken in over 125 countries.
Notes to editors
University of Cambridge International Examinations is the world's largest provider of
international education programmes and qualifications for 5−19 year olds. Our
qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education
providers and employers across the world.
We are part of the Cambridge Assessment Group, a not-for-profit organisation
and a department of the University of Cambridge. We share in their mission of
providing excellence in education.
Our programmes and qualifications develop successful learners and support
the economic performance of countries where we work at national level.
For more information about University of Cambridge International Examinations visit
http://www.cie.org.uk
Fastest growing Cambridge IGCSE subjects in
South Africa
in 2012:
Mathematics, Business Studies and Economics
Fastest growing Cambridge A Level subjects in
South Africa
in 2012:
English, Business Studies and Economics