Cambridge exam office sets up branch in Singapore

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(L-R) Ben Schmidt, Cambridge International Examinations regional director for Asia Pacific, Ann Purvis, CEO of Cambridge International Examinations are in Singapore for the launch of their new branch. (Yahoo! photo)

International schools in Singapore will now be given more GCE exam support, with the opening of a new Cambridge Assessment Singapore (CAS) branch at Odeon Towers.
CAS, working alongside Cambridge International Examinations, will become the regional hub to deliver increased support to international schools in Singapore and other schools in the Asia Pacific region. Cambridge International Examinations is the administrator for GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’-Level exams worldwide.

The new branch, built at a cost of S$7 million, will offer professional development programmes for teachers to educational leadership seminars for principals among other initiatives in line with the Cambridge curriculum.

"What is new now is that we bring a new quality to the educational debate and we engage in issues that are very important and very topical in the Asia Pacific region. We engage people at a different level of debate so that it's about pedagogy, classroom practices, ... curriculum development," Ben Schmidt, regional director for Asia Pacific.

There are currently 28 international schools in Singapore, including ACS (International), Hwa Chong International, St Joseph’s International and Tanglin Trust School. They are among 2000 schools in the region offering Cambridge international qualifications.

The exam office will not support the majority of local schools in Singapore that already use the GCE O and A Level exams, as these are already supported under the government’s Ministry of Education.