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Students in Zimbabwe are celebrating after receiving Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for the June and November 2019 examination series. A total of 105 top-performing students from 32 schools across the country received 126 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards in various subjects taken in Cambridge IGCSEs, Cambridge O Levels and Cambridge International AS & A Levels.
The top achievers included eleven Top in the World category winners in subjects such as Cambridge IGCSE Environmental Management, Cambridge International AS Level Mathematics and Cambridge International AS Level Art & Design, to name a few. Top in the World winners are learners who have gained the highest mark in the world for a single subject.
The outbreak of Covid-19 meant that we were not able to host our annual awards event in Harare this year but that does not take away from the fact that we continue to celebrate and are proud of the students’ achievements.
Juan Visser, Cambridge International’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said: 'Zimbabwe continues year in, year out, to deliver winners. This is in no small part to the quality of schools in Zimbabwe registered to offer Cambridge. I salute the learners and their teachers. Well done.'
Nyasha Mpofu from Arundel School, who received a Top in Zimbabwe award for Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language French in the November 2019 exam series, said: 'The Cambridge programme did a really good job at giving us a sound foundation to all the subjects it offers and helped me develop a genuine interest in them.' She intends to go to university to study Computer Science and Mathematics, with a minor in Education.
Kudzai Simba, a French Teacher at Arundel School, added: 'I’m very proud of Nyasha’s achievement and feel her effort and ability was well rewarded. The Cambridge curriculum is quite exciting to teach as it has a good balance between grammatical accuracy and language acquisition and use. It encourages discovery and analytical skills that prepares students for language courses beyond IGCSE as it emphasises comprehension and communication.'
Tinevimbo Mutizwa from High Achievers Coach Educational Centre, received a Top in Zimbabwe award in Cambridge International AS Level Business for the June 2019 exam series. She said: 'I feel quite motivated by my achievement. I came to realise that I have great potential to do well in the business environment.
'It all begins in class, grasping as much information as you can and requesting assistance when needed. The use of diverse learning sites and books also helps deepen the scope of knowledge.' Tinevimbo plans to go to university to study Marketing Management.
Milton Zengeni, who teaches Business at High Achievers Coach Educational Centre, said: 'I was not surprised by Tinevimbo’s performance. She was a self-motivated and industrious learner.
'Cambridge also provides a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next. The Cambridge curriculum helps learners develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills which are essential in life. This makes teaching Cambridge interesting and interactive.'