Message from Erena:
Cambridge Exams (CIE)
in New Zealand
for Home Educators
There is a major problem regarding Cambridge Exams (CIE) in New Zealand at present. A number of parents have been directly contacting schools and asking if they will take private candidates (even ones that aren’t listed as doing so.) As a result, a number of schools are no longer taking Private Candidates. Just today we learnt of two schools who regularly offered this option and have now pulled out. If we are not very careful, we may lose the opportunity altogether!
I (Erena) am involved in a working group which is trying to help solve this problem. This group includes homeschoolers as well as reps from CIE and also the Association of Cambridge Schools NZ (ACSNZ.) CIE are very committed to giving us this option and are prepared to work on our behalf they have requested that, in the meantime, all homeschooling parents STOP contacting schools, effective immediately. While I can understand people’s initial reactions to this, we need to give the working group time to come up with a solution that is acceptable to the schools. We will do this as soon as possible so we should all know where we stand very soon.
***Please assist us with spreading this message far and wide – to anyone currently studying or planning on studying Cambridge up until and including 2013. A single enquiry could be the straw that broke the camel’s back – the situation is very serious. Home Educating is about choice and we need to preserve this choice!***
CIE has also requested we collate some data about HE students and Cambridge. A survey will be released tomorrow to this end so I will send through the link when that is finished. The results will be passed on (without names) to CIE and used as a basis for going back to the schools on behalf of Private Candidates. It is not an absolute commitment; just an indication of numbers.
Will let you know more when more information comes to hand.
Please complete this survey by midnight 24 February 2011