Britain’s University of Cambridge said on Wednesday that it was developing a International Examination for Indonesian language, intended mainly for Indonesia’s secondary schools.
A communications officer with British Council Indonesia, Ester Dina Sihombing, said in a press statement that the decision to develop the exam (CIE) was a result of Indonesian Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh’s visit to Britain on May 28 to 30.
“University of Cambridge International Examinations and the [Indonesian] Education and Culture Ministry have made a commitment to offering the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (ICGSE) for Indonesian language,” Ester said.
The certificate, she said, was expected to help Indonesian secondary school students continue their education at a higher level, either in Indonesia or abroad.
British Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts said he welcomed the development of the IGCSE for Indonesian language, saying it was a “perfect” example of cooperation between British and Indonesian education institutions.
There are currently around 150 schools in Indonesia offering Cambridge syllabi and qualifications, up 29 percent from last year’s figure, the statement said.