IGCSE exams cancelled in Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Nations follow UAE in ending the possibility of exams going ahead, switching instead to school-assessed grades

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IGCSEs and IA levels 2021: Saudi Arabia and Qatar latest to cancel exams

IGCSE and IA-level exams used by international schools in Saudia Arabia and Qatar have been cancelled, with school-assessed grades being used instead.

In a statement, Cambridge International said: “We can confirm that Cambridge International exams will not be going ahead in Saudia Arabia and Qatar in June 2021.

"We will be working with our schools in both countries to provide students with school-assessed grades.”

IGCSE and IA-level exam cancellations

It is not clear specifically what led to the move but it follows the same announcement being made in the United Arab Emirates earlier in the week, when the nation's Ministry of Education ordered all exams to be cancelled.

That move came amid growing pressure for exams to be cancelled due to perceived unfairness given the different impact the pandemic has had on schooling across the world and the potential health risks in sitting exams.

Last week, it was also revealed that any students unable to sit any component of a Cambridge International exam would not be eligible for a teacher-assessed grade either – leaving some students at risk of having to wait an entire year to attend university.

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