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Cambridge Exams: Nigerian Students Excel Despite COVID-19

Nigerian students have shown excellence again by their outstanding results in their Cambridge International examinations. Thus, winning awards for top performance in the November 2020 exam series despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not less that fifty-three students have been granted the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards in various subjects at Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level and Cambridge International AS & A Level.

Cambridge International’s Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, Juan Visser, commended the students for their impressive results despite school closures last session.

“Students around the world faced one of the most challenging years ever, with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting teaching and learning. Despite this, we are delighted to see that students in Nigeria still excelled at their examinations and managed to produce these outstanding results. This points not only to the dedication of learners and their teachers, but also to the quality of the schools in Nigeria registered to offer Cambridge programmes. Well done to all the top achievers,” he expressed.

With a primary purpose of celebrating and recognising the success of high-performing Cambridge learners, the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards recognise exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations around the world in over 40 countries.

The award winners include three students who demonstrated excellence in Sociology, Agriculture and Law to receive the ‘Top in the World’ honour.  Cambridge International also granted 39 ‘Top in Nigeria’ awards to learners who achieved the highest standard mark in their country for a single subject, 19 ‘High Achievement’ awards and 3 ‘Best Across’ awards to students who attained the highest cumulative total standard marks over a set number of subjects.

Cambridge International operates in partnership with the British Council in Nigeria. Lucy Pearson, Country Director, British Council Nigeria explained that the assessments provide a platform for Nigerian students to prepare for opportunities in various fields of endeavour.

According to her, ‘At the British Council, we create international opportunities through our work in arts, English Language, education, administering exams and building stronger societies. The exams we administer continue to help people all over the world gain educational and professional development, so they are better positioned for success in life and their careers. Education is a key enabler for these opportunities, and we believe in ensuring young learners have access to world-class education and assessments which we have achieved through our partners, Cambridge Assessment International Education and the British Council Partner School.’

Director Examinations, British Council Nigeria, Marniee Nottingham also added: ‘Through our partner schools, the British Council provides professional skills development and networking opportunities to schools and teachers that has improved teaching talent across our portfolio of about 395 schools across Nigeria.  We not only celebrate student’s achievement, we also congratulate the school leaders, teachers and parents that have supported in promoting excellence in the future of our young learners.  It is great to see the achievements of these students as they embark on their futures in country and around the world.’

All the top-performing students will receive certificates from Cambridge International in recognition of their achievements.

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