International Baccalaureate (IB) has decided not to conduct Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) exam this year. The exams were due to be held between April 30 to May 22, 2020, however, has been cancelled due to the escalating outbreak of coronavirus. The exams will only affect class 12 students who were all set to take the final IB examinations.
While taking the decision, the board prioritized the well being of the students. In the notice uploaded on the official website, ibo.org, it clarified that as an organization, it is the responsibility of the board to ensure that the IB schools are based on compassion for student and teacher. Fairness towards the students and teachers is a must in these difficult times. Hence, as a result, IB has determined to take such action.
Our students, their well-being and their progression in future stages of life have been at the forefront of our thinking as we respond to this extraordinary pandemic.IB Board
The board has also disclosed that the DP and CP registered candidates will be awarded a diploma or course certificate on the basis of their standard of work. It is the base for the student’s coursework and is important for establishing assessment expertise, rigour and quality control. Hence, the assessment shall be done on the basis of the standard of work.
In the FAQs section, the board has further described that the assessment of the result will be done on the basis of vast historical assessment data. The board will analyse previous exam sessions data, individual school data, subject data, and comparative data of schools. For this purpose, all the IB schools are required to submit course work of the candidates.
The awarding of Diplomas and Certificates will be done for the May 2020 session. Students will be awarded on a grade of IB 1 to 7 scale. Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay and the Career-Related Programme Reflective Project shall be done on a grade of IB A-E scale. As far as the DP is concerned, the awarding will be done on the normal IB 0-3 scale. The total point score for the Diploma will be out of 45 as normal.
Apart from that, no other changes have been put into effect for any other classes for now. It is expected that for the rest of the classes, the board will soon issue a statement.
Also, the IB intends to release results to universities / institutions and schools as planned that is on July 5, 2020. However, this depends if all the course work and the associated predicted grades are uploaded by the schools by April 20, 2020.
The middle year’s programme eAssessment examinations by the IB board are due to be held from May 11 to 22, 2020. The lockdown in the nation has been extended to May 3, 2020. Therefore the decision of the middle year programmes e-Assessment examinations will be taken in due course. of time
IB Board is an international educational foundation. This board offers 4 educational programmes depending on the age group of the students.
The IB diploma programme and the IB career-related programme is offered to students aged between 15 to 19. The IB middle years Programme is for students under the age group of 11 to 16, and the IB primary years programme is offered to children aged 3 to 12.