We have now received new information from Cambridge International Examinations about the impact of the Coronavirus on examinations scheduled for April, May and June this year:
On 23/3/20 evening, CIE announced that they have cancelled ALL Checkpoint Examinations due to be sat in April and ALL GCSE, AS Level and A Level Examinations due to be sat in May/June 2020. This brings CIE into line with other Examination Boards such as AQA.
CIE say that they will be: “…..working with schools to assess students’ achievements using the best available evidence. Students will receive a grade and a certificate from Cambridge International, given the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their programmes of study. This will ensure that students do not face disadvantage, as a result of these extraordinary circumstances. We will provide guidance to schools on how students will receive those grades. We are talking to universities worldwide, and they are factoring these unprecedented circumstances into admissions decisions, so students can continue with their educational journeys as soon as possible.”
Clearly this is very distressing news for many students, particularly those in Form 5 and Form 6. We would like to reassure you that we will do everything we can to ensure that students are awarded grades which accurately reflect their hard work, knowledge and skills. However, we are aware that many students would in factprefer to sit for an examination in October/November. We will be making plans in the coming weeks to make this possible and will advise you about these arrangements in due course.
We are currently awaiting further information from CIE about how the process of awarding grades will be undertaken and indeed, what information they will require from us, to assist them in deciding the grades to award. As we go through the process of providing this information to CIE next term, it is important that students in Form 5 and Form 6 remain registered with us. Form 5 students and Form 6 students will be provided with on-line work in the coming weeks.
From April 20th we will be using Google Classroom in order to provide high quality on-line lessons to your children. Instructions about how students will to set up their Google Classroom account and access their personal learning tasks will be sent to you in due course via email, Whatsapp and through the school web page (www.kamuzuacademy.com).
This is a platform which is being used by thousands of schools across the world at the moment, in order to deliver remote teaching to children whose schools have closed. It enables students to access resources, post their work and receive feedback from teachers, as well as being able to communicate directly with their teacher to ask for clarification or further support. Once the on-line Google classroom content is set up at the start of the third term, students will be provided with daily lessons and a timetable to follow.We urge you to ensure that your children undertake this work, as it is vitally important that they stay connected with the school and continue to learn in the weeks and months ahead.
Our pastoral team will be in contact with you in the coming weeks to check that your children are well and that they are coping with the challenge of on-line learning. If you have any concerns or worries which you think we can help with, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Tutor, Housemaster or Housemistress, the Senior Housemaster and Mistress, Mr Gondwe (Deputy Headmaster (Pastoral)) or me and we will do everything we can to support them.
You will be aware that the situation with regard to COVID-19 is developing rapidly and advice and guidance changes on a daily basis. We will continue to keep you updated with any changes as and when they happen, via the school Facebook account, email and the school web site.