KUALA LUMPUR: The number of students entered for Cambridge qualifications by schools has risen significantly over the past year.
There were over 54,000 entries for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) with the Cambridge International A Level seeing a rise of 10 per cent since 2011.
Cambridge IGCSE subjects which are the most popular among students in Malaysia are Mathematics, English and Malay.
The Cambridge International A Level subjects which are most popular are Mathematics, Business Studies and Economics.
"Our programmes and qualifications have a proven reputation for providing students in Malaysia and around the world with excellent preparations for university, employment and life," said Ben Schmidt, director for Asia Pacific, University of Cambridge International Examination, in a statement.
The university, he said, supported schools to develop students who were confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.
"This approach produces active learners who have a love of learning, and are self-directing and engaged at all levels with their education.
"The increasing number of students taking our qualifications in Malaysia shows that schools are aware of the value of this approach and the importance of an international education in today's global economy," he said.
Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 to 16-year-olds and the Cambridge International A Level, for 16 to 19-year-olds, and regarded as a passport to success in education and employment.
There are now over 100 Cambridge schools in Malaysia, while more than 9,000 schools in 160 countries make up the Cambridge learning community worldwide. - Bernama
Source: The STAR Online Home News Nation Thursday June 21, 2012