Letter From British Council To Parents

Dear parents/ private candidates,

Ramadan Mubarak and I hope my email finds you all in good health.

We are contacting you to confirm the Ministry of Higher Education’s decision regarding the grading assessment for Cambridge’s exams 2020. The attached letter, dated 10 May 2020, confirms that the Ministry will not accept or endorse grading assessments for admission to Sudanese universities. The Ministry states that all those looking to apply to Sudanese Universities must sit for paper exams in October/November 2020.

Moreover, we would like to clarify to private candidates that the British Council is not in a position to provide grading assessments for IGCSE, O level, A level, and AS level candidates. Our role is to facilitate access to Cambridge exams and to administer them in a secure environment, adhering to all Cambridge International’s regulatory and exam administration standards. We are not involved with the content of these exams, nor in the content of students’ academic preparations for them. Accordingly, all private candidates registered with the British Council will be transferred to the October/November 2020 series.

Ministry’s letter attached. Translation below:

Subject: Accepting Cambridge’s certificate for admission to Sudanese universities

With reference to the above subject and to address the confusion that occurred with regards to accepting assessment grading, I would like to state the following:

The first meeting took place on 2 April 2020 between the Ministry of Higher Education, International schools facilitation committee, representatives from British Educational Schools, Unity High School, Alqabas schools and the British Council. The meeting outcome was that the Ministry of Higher Education will not accept grading assessment as per the admission rules and that seats will be reserved to those who sit for the paper exams in Oct/Nov 2020.

Some parents came on 7 April 2020 and met with the Admission office administration and then on 9 April 2020 they met with the Undersecretary and the Minister of Higher Education. The Minister clarified that the Ministry will not intervene with the process of exams from accredited boards, but assessment grading will not be accepted even if from accredited boards. The parents noted that the final certificate issued by Cambridge does not differentiate between a paper exam result and an assessed grade.

I acknowledge the message received from Cambridge’s director in SSA, which states that Arabic 0544 will not be available and instead OL Arabic 3180 is offered as an alternative in Oct/ Nov series 2020, in that message he also expresses his understanding to the Ministry of Higher education guidelines which does not endorse grading assessment.

I would like to confirm that the Ministry of Higher Education understands that more than 25 per cent of IGCSE students sit for the exam independently (as private candidates) and not through the schooling system. Hence, these candidates cannot have their grades assessed by schools.

We hereby confirm our adherence to what was proclaimed in the first meeting.

Dr. Intisar Shagayrioun Alzain Shagayrioun

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific research

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or further clarification.

Best regards,

Examinations Department | British Council | 14 Abu Sinn Street | Khartoum | Sudan

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