SAG assessments implemented amid second wave

Azlan Othman

With the advice and cooperation of the Ministry of Health (MoH) in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Sultanate, the implementation of the written examination for Brunei Cambridge GCE ‘O’, ‘AS’, ‘A’ Level and IGCSE session October/November 2021 will be replaced with School Assessed Grades (SAG) assessments, announced the Ministry of Education (MoE).

The SAG covers student scores throughout 2021. It is an alternative assessment that has been prepared by the Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International) and has been applied to countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020.

The assessment is comparable to written examination via face-to-face, said the MoE.

Based on assessment and consultation with the international examination body, Cambridge International through this alternative assessment will enable students to obtain qualifications or grades.

Through this method, the school will include a portfolio for each student which contains three types of substantial work or major assignments for each subject. This substantial work is an evaluation of students’ assignments throughout learning for the 2021 academic year.

These include completed examination question papers according to the subject syllabus with a duration of one hour or more, specific work completed according to the subject syllabus, combination of questions taken from previous examination papers, qualifying test question papers, extended work projects given by the school, and assignments given such as essays, assignments, problems and practical.

The selection of assessment assignments for students’ substantial work is subject to the decision of the schools.

School candidates who have registered for the ‘AS’ Level examination in the October/November 2021 session will be arranged to sit for the examination in the May/June 2022 session.

For private candidates who will sit for the Brunei Cambridge GCE ‘O’, ‘AS’, ‘A’ Level and IGCSE examinations in the October/November 2021 session, their registration will be changed to the May/June 2022 session.

Private candidates are also allowed to withdraw completely from the October/November 2021 examination without having to re-register for the May/June 2022 session examination.

The MoE expressed its appreciation and gratitude to all school staff, especially teachers, parents and guardians for their cooperation in ensuring the assessment session for students, who sit for the Brunei Cambridge GCE ‘O’, ‘A’ Level and IGCSE October/November 2021 sessions, can be continued in an alternative format, especially in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

For information and queries, contact the Examinations Department under the MoE at 2380630/2380776 during working hours or via email to [email protected] or [email protected]