PETALING JAYA: Malaysian students who sat for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) have done the country proud.
This year, the country's average DP score at 34.92 points and a pass rate of 96.84%, surpassed the global average of 29.90 points and 78.75% pass rate.
The DP graduates were among 715 Malaysians – out of 174,355 globally – who received their DP and Career-related Programme (CP) results on Tuesday (July 7).
DP and CP students across the world work incredibly hard to achieve their results and those undertaking the DP and CP are part of a global community of students amongst which only 0.08% of all candidates across the world in 2020 have achieved a point score of 45 (the highest score possible).
One Malaysian achieved 45 points while 111 scored 40-45 points, the IB announced in a press release on Tuesday.
Congratulating the graduates for their efforts over the last two years, IB director-general Dr Siva Kumari said an IB education has always been more than results, and this year, students have had to deal with a level of global disruption that has never been experienced before.
"Every IB graduate should be proud of their achievements, not just in reaching this milestone, but in the great flexibility and commitment they have shown in overcoming such obstacles.
"We know that the IB has prepared them to be better learners for life— to be better, more critical thinkers, better at formulating excellent questions and finding the answers, and better suited to adapting to our ever-changing world.
"We at the IB wish this year's graduates all the best for successful and fulfilling futures.
"We know that they will continue to make positive differences to the world as they progress in their lives and the many 'new normals'."
Following the cancellation of the May 2020 examinations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the IB made a commitment that its students would receive their results in July, and they would receive a grade at subject level and be awarded the Diploma or Certificate.
In order to achieve this, IB World Schools were asked to upload all internal assessment work and predicted grades.
This meant that every enrolled DP and CP student who would have taken the May 2020 examinations and has completed all elements of the programmes' core elements, has been issued with a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work.
During the pandemic, the IB has been in regular communications with universities around the world to ensure that all IB students are not at a disadvantage when applying to university.
Some 400 institutions, from over 50 different countries, with representation from each of the continents, confirmed that IB results would be adequate for admissions this year and students would be treated fairly.
Paula Wilcock, chief assessment officer at the International Baccalaureate, said: "The IB community has collaborated under extraordinary circumstances to keep students front and centre of our decision making. I would like to thank teachers, administrators, examiners, parents, and of course students for enabling us to issue students with a grade which is reflective of their work."
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