In January 2008, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha,
UK, began formal classes for 33 children
to be awarded the General Certificate
of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Hinduism.
The course, comprising two units –
Unit M on ‘Hinduism’ and Unit
F on ‘Religion and life based on
a study of Hinduism’ – with
five sections in each unit, is accredited
the UK’s largest awarding body offering
academic and vocational qualifications
to learning centres in the UK and internationally.
were delighted that a full 100% of all
students who sat the
exam in the first year achieved grades
ranging from A* to C (the GCSE board considers
grades D and E as passes, too), compared
to 73% nationally.
results for this year were just as exceptional.
Again, there was a 100% success rate in
both units as all students achieved grades
A* to C. Of these, over 83% were in the
top A* and A band for Unit M and 84% for
Unit F, whereas less than one-third (32.7%)
of students achieved the same standard
in the subject nationally. Notably, 15
students scored 95% and above, with special
congratulations to Meera Patel who achieved
99% in Unit F and Hershini Soneji who
similarly achieved 99% in Unit M.
to all the students on an excellent year
of study all round. Congratulations also
to their parents for their loving support,
and to the course teacher Mr
Laljibhai Ladwa and his dedicated team
of support-teachers who made it all possible.
cohort of 35 new students has already
begun Unit M classes in preparation for
their exam in June 2010, bringing the
total number of children currently studying
towards a GCSE in Hinduism to 65.
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