Update from Head of Academy regarding IB Examinations | Aga Khan Academies

Update from Head of Academy regarding IB Examinations

23 March 2020

Dear Academy Parents,

This letter is specifically addressed to parents of DP2 students.  However, I am sharing this with all of our parents to keep everyone in the picture.

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

As an organization, the IB wants to ensure that the options it provides IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward. 

The May 2020 examinations scheduled between the 30th of April and 22nd ofMay for the Diploma Programme candidates will no longer be held. Depending on what they registered for, students will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This will be based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality controls already built into the programmes.   

The IB has also confirmed that they will provide us with a decision later this week about students preparing for the MYP eAssessment exams due to be held between the 11th and 22nd of May. 

I know parents and student will have many questions. The IB has promised to share full details and more information with us by the 27th of March.  Our Senior School Principal, Koel Ray, and our IB Coordinator, Sudipta Roy, will be writing to parents of DP2 students shortly with responses to a number of initial FAQs.

This will continue to be a time of anxiety.  Over the course of this week I will write separately to all parents to confirm the arrangements we are putting in place to ensure that our students are properly supported during these uncertain times to achieve the best possible outcomes.  

In the meantime, I wish you and your family everything of the very best as we navigate these challenges together.


Dr Long