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International Baccalaureate cancels May exams, moots alternative

Students’ results will be based on the non-examination route
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Jhinuk Mazumdar   |   Calcutta   |   Published 16.04.21, 02:01 AM

The International Baccalaureate (IB) has cancelled exams across the country because of rising Covid-19 cases. The exams had been scheduled for next month.

The decision was taken on Wednesday and heads of schools were informed over email late in the evening.

“Following continued conversations with our schools, associations and education boards, the IB can confirm that all IB schools in India will follow the non examination route for the Diploma Programme...,” said an email sent to the heads of IB schools. 

Three schools — Calcutta International School, The Heritage School and Modern High School for Girls — offer the IB diploma programme (for Classes XI and XII) in the city. 

“The IB has informed schools of our decision not to hold exams in India due to the rising cases of Covid-19 and following ongoing conversations with our schools, associations and education boards. We intend that the results of students in India should be awarded using coursework marks and predicted grades for the May 2021 session, as described in the awarding model outlined in February,” said a statement from an IB spokesperson. 

School heads in the city had been in touch with the IB office in Singapore in the wake of rising cases of infections in the country. “We had meetings about the Covid situation in India,” said Seema Sapru, principal, The Heritage School. 

Students’ results will be based on the non-exam route. 

“The non-examination route considers predicted grades, internal assessments and IB core components. Students’ results will be on the basis of that,” said Damayanti Mukherjee, principal, Modern High School for Girls.

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