Dear Students and Parents,
By now you would already have heard that the IBO has cancelled the May 2020 examinations for IB DP students across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s the IB official announcement of their website:
As the IB communication mentions students will be awarded the Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work, which will include the student’s coursework, as well as other components. However, as communication says, the details of how the grades will be calculated will be shared only by 27th March.
From the school’s viewpoint, we are presently entering the coursework marks for all the subjects on the IB portal and are working on sample uploads which we will complete well before the earlier IB deadline. The extended essay, TOK essay, and English A Written tasks are external submissions that are already submitted to IB by the school as per the IB earlier deadline of 15th March 2020.
The only subject for which students haven’t submitted or finished the coursework is Visual Arts, where we have time till 20th May to finish the exhibition and other tasks. We hope to hold the exhibition as soon as possible (and in the worst-case students will exhibit it from their homes as IB has also made that option available). In the meanwhile, VA students should continue working on their Comparative study, Exhibition Curatorial and Process Portfolio as per the school deadlines conveyed to them in the recent email.
For those students and parents asking whether we can redo the IAs or mock exams etc, for now, please assume that the answer is ‘No’. However, it will depend on what the IBO finally announces.
We understand that this represents a big change in what we all expected. However, as the IB note mentions, they are making this informed choice given the pandemic situation after consulting all the stakeholders including universities and official bodies. This means that once the IB finalizes the system of the final grades, acceptance in universities should be equivalent to any other year (of course there are likely to be delays in the admission processes itself for universities).
We wish all of you the best for the coming days. We will keep you updated as we get more information. Keep safe.
On behalf of the School Leadership team