KARACHI: March 08: More than 300 principals and representatives from Cambridge associate schools attended Cambridge Principals Forums jointly organised by Cambridge International Examinations and British Council.
The events, which took place simultaneously in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore, discussed important developments in the Cambridge curriculum including Cambridge O Level, IGCSE and Cambridge International AS and A Level, which are taken by students in over 560 schools in Pakistan.
The key session at the forum focused on 'Global Recognition of Cambridge Qualifications', led by Head of Recognitions at Cambridge International Examinations Val Sismey. With her extensive experience of closely working with universities around the world, Val provided insights into requirements and admissions procedures of universities in the US and the UK. Val also discussed admissions procedures for universities in Pakistan and commented on how well Cambridge students perform in entrance exams set by leading universities in Pakistan.
Speaking to the gathering about Cambridge programmes and qualifications, Cambridge International Examinations Country Director Uzma Yousuf said, "Cambridge International Examinations is a global thought leader in international education with over a million students in 10,000 schools across 160 countries". She added that Cambridge not only provides exceptional prospects for students, but also develops their analytical and critical thinking skills, which are critical for success at university and in life. "The universal recognition of Cambridge programmes enables students to pursue studies at top universities in US, UK, Canada, Australia and other countries," she maintained.
British Council Examinations Services Director for Pakistan Murray Keeler provided an update on new services for schools and emphasised that a key part of the British Council's role is to ensure that candidates have the opportunity to perform at their best during the upcoming examination session. He said, "The partnership with Cambridge and our work with Cambridge schools across Pakistan are central to the British Council's cultural relations activity in Pakistan."
Similar sentiments were echoed by Lahore Grammar School Senior Executive Principal Nuzhat Saleem, as she indicated, "I have witnessed students of LGS excelling both abroad as well as in Pakistan. In the US, students earn additional credits because of their A Levels, where some students also get to complete a foru-year programme in three years. Cambridge programmes are instrumental in developing analytical, creative, and reflective abilities in students so that they delve deeper beyond text books for a higher level of understanding."Daily Times.
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