South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on March 23 that the International Baccalaureate (IB) has canceled the test scheduled for May in Hong Kong. This decision comes as coronavirus infection (COVID-19) rapidly spreads around the world.
International Baccalaureate, the organization that conducts the test, wrote a letter to schools and examiners. In this letter, they announced the cancellation of the International Baccalaureate test due to coronavirus. The letter said this decision was the “most responsible and ethical way forward.”
“We are very sorry that this situation has occurred,” the letter read.
SCMP estimates that this cancellation has affected more than 200,000 students from around the world.
According to the letter, students will still get a diploma or a course certificate, depending on what they registered for. What they receive is “based on the student’s submitted coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigour and quality control already built into the programme,” the IB letter added.
Meanwhile, International Baccalaureate is an international qualification system for university admissions. It is a system that allows students to qualify for admissions to universities by passing a common entrance exam after two years of study at an international school accredited by the international baccalaureate headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Initially, students were scheduled to take the entrance exam from April 30 to May 22. However, the spread of coronavirus made this arrangement impossible, according to the International Headquarters of Baccalaureate.
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