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IB to abolish student exam registration fee

The International Baccalaureate has announced it will abolish its £138 (US$172) “candidate registration” fee to reduce financial burdens on students.

Founded in 1968, the IB delivers courses to 1.8 million 3-19 year olds in 5,000 schools across 153 countries.Photo: IB

"IB's focus on preparing the future workforce to be agile learners and critical thinkers is more relevant and necessary than ever”

The elimination of the fee is part of a series of new measures aiming to make programs more accessible.

“The IB Diploma is already a very popular curriculum and qualification choice of many international schools”

“It is excellent news to hear that the IB is removing its examination fees, enabling more schools to consider the IB Diploma as an affordable option,” Richard Gaskell, schools director at ISC Research, told The PIE News.

“The IB Diploma is already a very popular curriculum and qualification choice of many international schools. This new move will be very well received.”

“A key part of our mission is to continue developing our organisation for the international student community who are well-rounded, multilingual and open-minded citizens,” said Siva Kumari, the IB’s director-general.

“We are facing imminent global changes and a new industrial revolution of technology and AI. IB’s focus on preparing the future workforce to be agile learners and critical thinkers is more relevant and necessary than ever.”

Bryan Nixon, the head of school at TASIS also welcomed the announcement.

“It’s fantastic,” he told The PIE.

“If you look at IB’s mission statement is shows that it’s taking its mission statement seriously and opening up education to everyone, not just those in developed countries.”

Founded in 1968, the IB delivers courses to 1.8 million 3-19 year olds in 5,000 schools across 153 countries.

“We are focused on developing the deep and broad thinkers that the world needs in the 4th industrial revolution,” added Haif Bannayan, IB’s director of Outreach and Conferences.

“Developing agile and thoughtful learners is fundamental to IB’s educational philosophy. That is why we believe that our world-class model for 21st century workforce development must be more accessible.”

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