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Cancellation of public exams 2020 – What it means for you.

The recent decision by examination providers to cancel all public examinations ((I)GCSE, A levels and IB) has understandably caused alarm and concern for both parents and pupils about what it might mean for them. This is particularly the case for pupils, given the time and effort that they have typically put in to their studies in anticipation of the exams. We understand how very disappointing this is for all concerned. However, one of our tutors – previously a Head for 10 years in the UK and internationally, has some words of reassurance. “This decision should not cause excessive alarm. In recent years schools have become very skilled at tracking individual pupil’s academic performance, and in making use of data to ascertain the level at which pupils are performing, and thus their expected grades. Students’ performance in formal school examinations, particularly in their ‘mocks’ will be used as one measure, as well as teacher assessment. All of the procedures involved in determining predicted grades are well understood and accepted by both schools and universities, and thus should provide comfort to parents and pupils affected by this decision.” Of course, we understand that some pupils respond better in exam situations and would have been hopeful of putting in a strong performance in their written papers in May / June. Schools will also be aware of this. Rest assured that schools and universities will be working hard to ensure that no pupil is placed at a disadvantage as a result of this global crisis. Minerva Tuition is fully aware of the great uncertainty arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, and the particular stress it is putting on both parents and pupils. If we can do anything to help you and your families navigate this difficult period, please let us know. If you would like some advice on what it may mean specifically for you, we are always happy to have a chat. Some of our families have requested help for GCSE pupils embarking on their chosen A Level / IB subjects, and our tutors are delighted to assist here too. Please contact Mrs Valerie Weston on WhatsApp +852 5378 6835 or email if you feel we can help.

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