Dear parents /Guardians,
RE: May/June 2020 IGCSE assessment – An update.
As you were made aware earlier, our examining body: Cambridge Assessment International has cancelled the 2020 May/June written examinations as a precautionary measure to keep both students and teachers safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. They have made it clear that the students cannot be disadvantaged by this after all the hard work they have put in over the two years. They have therefore resorted to awarding grades to students without having to sit for the examinations.
Cambridge Assessment International has in the light of this, tasked the schools with the mandate of providing evidence-based predicted probable grades for the students. These will form the basis of awarding grades and certificates to the students. The predicted grades will further be standardized by the examining body and hence making the final decision based on this standardization. It is important to note that the prediction has to be based on evidence in order to be as fair and as objective as possible.
Machabeng College S5 students have grades based on all work done in the two year IGCSE course. This was assessed and students have grades for October 2019, end of Term one and their grades for the trial exams which they sat in Term 2 as well as completed coursework where it is subject applicable. All these grades will be used as our evidence for predicting grades for our students. Their assessment has been both formative and summative; assignments, coursework, topical tests. The school will use the marks obtained in those tests and examination to calculate an average mark in each subject and that will lead to the final grade. This is the grade that will be submitted to Cambridge Assessment International. We must, however, reiterate that this will still not be the final grade that the student will get in the end as it is subject to standardization process by Cambridge International.
The Cambridge Assessment has also stated that if there is need to improve on the awarded grade/s, students can sit for the November 2020 examinations, at a reduced exam fee, in the same way that usually happens under normal conditions. They are working on an appeal process whereby students, parents and schools can contest the awarded final grade/s. Please take note that enough evidence will have to be provided in case of such an exercise. (More on this in the attached letter from Cambridge Assessment International). We have also attached the 4-Step process of grades prediction from our examining body.
For those parents that would want their children to be withdrawn from the June 2020 session and to only sit for the written examinations in November 2020, please note that we only have until the 1st May 2020 to do so and to re-register such students for the November session. In such a case there will not be a need to pay the exam fees again as the current fees will only be transferred to the November 2020 series.
The results publication day will still be around the 14th August 2020.
For any further clarification, kindly contact the school.