Examination Results Cambridge International Examinations: STEM Subjects Popular among Students
Written By: The Progressive Teacher|
September 14, 2017|
On 18 May, 2017, Cambridge International Examinations announced the results of its March 2017 exam series in India for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications. With more than 34,000 entries, the March 2017 series grew by 29 per cent on 2016.
There was a 31 per cent increase in entries for Cambridge IGCSE this year, with more than 26,000 entries. Entries for Cambridge International AS & A Level increased by 21 per cent on March 2016 with more than 7,000 entries.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects continued to see a strong rise in popularity. There was a rise in entries for Cambridge IGCSE in Physics, Additional Mathematics and Chemistry, and in Physics and Chemistry at Cambridge International AS & A Level. Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives and Business Studies saw 16 per cent and 29 per cent growth in entries respectively whereas Cambridge International AS & A Level Business saw a 24 per cent growth since 2016.
Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director for South Asia, Cambridge International Examinations said, ‘Cambridge focuses on a learner’s development by supporting teachers to deliver effectively in the classroom, so that learners become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. These attributes are crucial for success in today’s changing world. The significant growth of our March exam series since its introduction in 2015, in particular for a cross-curricular subject like Global Perspectives that cultivates critical thinking, research, and collaboration skills is testament to the passion for learning shown by Cambridge students across India. I would like to congratulate everyone getting their results and thank the teachers and parents who guided them to success.’
Every year, new subjects are made available in the Cambridge March series based on feedback from schools, parents and students. In the 2017 March series, three new subjects were added at Cambridge IGCSE – English as a Second Language, Combined Science, Computer Science – and Information Technology was added at Cambridge International AS & A Level. This maps the trend towards STEM subjects in the March exam series, first introduced in India in 2015 to ensure Cambridge students can meet local college admission deadlines.