SIBU: The Woodlands International School (WIS) here will introduce the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A-level programme for Years 12 and 13 (Form Six) next year.
Its principal, Karen McClymont, said this two-year programme was of high value and well recognised for further studies in leading universities worldwide including Australia, UK and New Zealand.
“It will definitely benefit the pre-university students in pursuing the Cambridge programme locally as it will incur much less expenses than studying overseas.
“These children also do not need to leave their love ones, warm homes and family members,” she told a press conference at the school yesterday.
McClymont said the programme would open the door to vast educational and career opportunities.
“More than 9,000 schools in over 160 countries are part of the Cambridge learning community. Thousands of learners have used CIE qualifications to get places at universities worldwide.
“CIE programmes have a proven reputation for being an excellent preparation for university, employment and life, and offers a clear structure to guide learners’ progression from the start of primary to the end of secondary education,” she said.
Touching on Cambridge Internal AS and A-level, she said they were taken by over 175,000 learners in more than 125 countries annually. They are typically for learners aged 16 to 19 who need advanced study to prepare for higher education and university entry, she said.
A wide variety of subjects are available at Cambridge International AS and A0Level – 55 in total which means the learner could choose a study route that suits his/her interests and aspirations.
“Students will develop a deep understanding of the subjects they study, as well as independent learning, constructive and logical thinking skills, being able to present reasoned hypotheses and explanations, while understanding implications and being able to communicate them articulately… skills and abilities that universities worldwide value highly,” McClymont added.
Chairman of the school’s board of governors, Daniel Ngieng, and chief executive officer Dr Sii How Sing were among those present at the press conference.