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Cambridge Assessment International Education has launched a new qualification for secondary school students in Indonesia at a celebratory event in Jakarta on 23 April 2014.
Cambridge IGCSE® Bahasa Indonesia is a new qualification for learners for whom Bahasa Indonesia is a language of everyday use. It was developed by Cambridge in response to a demand from schools in Indonesia for an internationally recognised qualification that would support their learners’ skills in communicating well in Bahasa Indonesia.
More than 80 principals and senior teachers from Indonesian schools attended the celebratory event in Jakarta. The day included a workshop on how to implement Cambridge IGCSE Bahasa Indonesia as well as the formal launch of the qualification. Ms Rebecca Razavi, Deputy Head of Mission and Consul General, British Embassy, Jakarta, made a speech welcoming the qualification.
Ben Schmidt, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Cambridge Assessment International Education, said: “We understand how important it is for students in our schools to be educated to the highest levels in Bahasa Indonesia. That is why we developed Cambridge IGCSE Bahasa Indonesia – to provide learners in Indonesia with the skills and knowledge they need for future success in education and in life beyond.”
Sofia Sinaga, Indonesian Language Teacher, Sekolah Pelita Harapan International Lippo Cikarang, and a member of the Cambridge IGCSE Bahasa Indonesia Advisory Panel, said: “The Cambridge IGCSE Bahasa Indonesia curriculum will certainly enable many Indonesian students to value their Indonesian culture which is essential to defining the role they will play in our society in the future."
Cambridge IGCSE Bahasa Indonesia has been developed for learners in or around Grade 10 for whom Bahasa Indonesia is a language of everyday use. Learners will develop their ability to respond to different types of texts, write in different styles and to speak at length about a variety of everyday topics including current affairs and culture. It is available now for teaching and the first examinations will be in June 2016.
The number of schools offering Cambridge qualifications in Indonesia has risen significantly over the past year. 167 schools in Indonesia now offer Cambridge programmes and qualifications with examination entries rising by 14% since 2013.